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Compressor urethrae

Other Terms: Musculus compressor urethrae, Muscle compresseur de l'urètre chez l'homme

Muscle parts

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Latin name

Musculus compressor urethrae (female)

Latin muscle parts

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Group

Pelvis/perineal wall – lateral musculature – middle layer

Etymology

The English name for this muscle is the muscle that presses the urine maker together. The word compressor arises from the Latin con meaning “together” and pressare meaning “to press.” The word urethrae arises from the Greek ourethra meaning “to make urine.” This comes from the Greek ouron meaning “urine.” This is an ancient term that is traceable back to the time of Hippocrates.

Origin

Medial surface of ischiopubic ramus.

Insertion

Joins with its opposite muscle to form a flat band-like tendinous raphe that passes anterior to urethra.

Action

Elongate and compress urethra and vagina.

Nerve supply

Perineal branches of the pudendal nerve (S2, S3, and S4)

Blood supply

Internal pudendal artery from the internal iliac artery.

Latin

Musculus compressor urethrae

French

Muscle compresseur de l'urètre chez l'homme

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