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Articularis genus

Other Terms: Articular muscle of the knee, Articular muscle of knee, Musculus articularis genus, Muscle articulaire du genou

Muscle parts

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Latin name

Musculus articularis genus

Latin muscle parts

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Group

Thigh muscle – anterior compartment

Etymology

In English, this muscle’s name is the muscle of the knee joint. The term articularis comes from the Latin articulare meaning “to join or connect.” The word genu is Latin from the Greek gonu from the Sanskrit janu, all having the meaning of the knee.

Origin

Distal end of anterior femoral shaft

Insertion

Proximal extension of the joint capsule of the knee

Action

Pulls the suprapatellar bursa of the knee joint capsule proximally to move it away from the patella during extension of the knee.

Nerve supply

Femoral nerve (L3 and L4)

Blood supply

The descending branch of the lateral circumflex femoral artery and various branches from the genicular anastomoses around the knee supply blood to the muscle.

Latin

Musculus articularis genus

French

Muscle articulaire du genou

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