Gluteus medius muscle

Dr Yair Glick and Dr Geon Oh et al.

The gluteus medius and gluteus minimus muscles are two muscles of the more superficial group in the gluteal region.

  • origin: gluteal surface of the ilium between the posterior and anterior gluteal line
  • insertion: posterolateral surface of the greater trochanter of femur
  • arterial supplysuperior gluteal artery
  • innervationsuperior gluteal nerve
  • action
    • abducts femur at hip joint
    • holds pelvis secure over stance leg and prevents pelvic drop on the opposite swing side during walking
    • medially rotates thigh
  • antagonist: adductors
Anatomy: Lower limb
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rID: 44240
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Gluteus medius

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