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|Anatomical terms of bone|
The olecranon // from the Greek olene meaning elbow and kranon meaning head. is a large, thick, curved bony eminence of a bone in the forearm (the ulna) that projects behind the elbow. It forms the most pointed portion of the elbow and is opposite to the cubital fossa. The olecranon serves as a lever for muscles that extend (straighten) the elbow joint.
Its base is contracted where it joins the body and the narrowest part of the upper end of the ulna.
Its posterior surface, directed backward, is triangular, smooth, subcutaneous, and covered by a bursa.
Its superior surface is of quadrilateral form, marked behind by a rough impression for the insertion of the Triceps brachii; and in front, near the margin, by a slight transverse groove for the attachment of part of the posterior ligament of the elbow-joint.
Its anterior surface is smooth, concave, and forms the upper part of the semilunar notch.
Its borders present continuations of the groove on the margin of the superior surface; they serve for the attachment of ligaments, viz., the back part of the ulnar collateral ligament medially, and the posterior ligament laterally.
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- O.D.E. 2nd edition 2005