Gluteus minimus muscle
|The gluteus minimus and nearby muscles|
|Structures surrounding right hip-joint. (Gluteus minimus visible at center left.)|
|Gray's||subject #128 475|
|Origin:||Gluteal surface of ilium, under gluteus medius.|
|Insertion:||Greater trochanter of the femur|
|Artery:||superior gluteal artery|
|Nerve:||superior gluteal nerve (L4, L5, S1 nerve roots)|
|Action:||Works in concert with gluteus medius: abduction of the hip; preventing adduction of the hip. Medial rotation of thigh.|
|Antagonist:||lateral rotator group|
Origin and insertion
The fibers converge to the deep surface of a radiated aponeurosis, and this ends in a tendon which is inserted into an impression on the anterior border of the greater trochanter, and gives an expansion to the capsule of the hip joint.
The deep surface of the gluteus minimus is in relation with the reflected tendon of the rectus femoris and the capsule of the hip joint.
The Glutæi medius and minimus abduct the thigh, when the limb is extended, and are principally called into action in supporting the body on one limb, in conjunction with the Tensor fasciæ latæ.
Their anterior fibers, by drawing the greater trochanter forward, rotate the thigh inward, in which action they are also assisted by the Tensor fasciæ latæ.
The Nutty Professor (1996 film) uses the words "gluteus minimus" as a buzzword for a "nice ass".
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