Articularis genu muscle

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Articularis genu muscle
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Anterior surface of right femur. Origin of articularis genu labelled on
Latin musculus articularis genus
Gray's p.471
Origin femur
Insertion suprapatellar bursa
Artery femoral artery
Nerve femoral nerve
Actions Pulling the suprapatellar bursa during extension of the knee.
Anatomical terms of muscle

The articularis genus (subcrureus) is a small skeletal muscle located anteriorly on the thigh just above the knee.

Structure[edit]

It arises from the anterior surface of the lower part of the body of the femur,[1] deep to the vastus intermedius,[2] close to the knee and from the deep fibers of the vastus intermedius.[1]

Its insertion is on the synovial membrane of the knee-joint.[1]

Blood supply[edit]

It is supplied by the lateral femoral circumflex artery.[1]

Innervation[edit]

It is innervated by branches of the femoral nerve (L2-L4).[1]

Variation[edit]

Flat, wispy and highly variable,[3] sometimes consisting of several separate muscular bundles,[4] this muscle is without a distinct investing fascia and ranges 1.5–3 cm in width.[3]

It is usually distinct from the vastus intermedius, but occasionally blended with it.[4]

Function[edit]

Articularis genu pulls the suprapatellar bursa superiorly during extension of the knee,[2] and prevents impingement of the synovial membrane between the patella and the femur.[1]

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Thigh to Foot Musculature". PT Central. Archived from the original on 15 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  2. ^ a b Agur, A. M. R.; Dalley, Arthur F. (2009). "Grant's atlas of anatomy". Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 414. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  3. ^ a b B Reider, JL Marshall, B Koslin, B Ring and FG Girgis (1981). "The anterior aspect of the knee joint". J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1981;63:351-356. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  4. ^ a b Gray, Henry (1918). "The Muscles and Fasciæ of the Thigh". Yahoo Education. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 

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