Cubital fossa

The cubital fossa (a.k.a. antecubital fossa) (plural: fossae) is a triangular space which forms the transition between the arm and the forearm. It is located anterior to the elbow joint.

The terms cubital/antecubital fossa are also used in surface anatomy for the skin overlying this region.

Gross anatomy

Boundaries
Contents

From medial to lateral:

The order can be recalled using this mnemonic.

Anatomy: Upper limb
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Article information

rID: 46233
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Cubital fossae
  • Antecubital fossae
  • Antecubital fossa

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: anterior forearm deep anatomy (Gray's illustration)
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  • Figure 2: anterior forearm anatomy (Gray's illustration)
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  • Figure 3: arm anatomy (Gray's illustration)
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  • Figure 4: arteries of the elbow (Gray's illustration)
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  • Figure 5: superficial veins of the upper limb (Gray's illustration)
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