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Adductor Brevis
Muscular System

Adductor Brevis

Adductor brevis

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Quick Facts

Origin: Body of pubis and inferior pubic ramus.

Insertion: Proximal one third of medial lip of linea aspera of femur.

Action: Adducts thigh at hip joint.

Innervation: Anterior branch of obturator nerve (L2-L3).

Arterial Supply: Deep femoral artery.

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The adductor brevis muscle originates from the:

- anterior surface of the body of pubis;

- external surface of inferior pubic ramus.


The fibers of the adductor brevis muscle travel inferolaterally and insert, via a broad aponeurosis, onto the proximal one third of the medial lip of linea aspera of the femur.

Key Features & Anatomical Relations

The adductor brevis muscle is found in the medial compartment of the thigh. It is a short, flat, triangular skeletal muscle.

It is located:

- anterior to the adductor magnus muscle and the posterior branch of obturator nerve;

- posterior to the adductor longus and pectineus muscles and the anterior branch of the obturator nerve.

Actions & Testing

The adductor brevis muscle adducts the thigh at the hip joint. It cannot be tested in isolation, therefore all of the muscles of the medial compartment of the thigh are tested simultaneously by adducting the thigh at the hip joint against resistance while lying in the supine position with the knee extended (Standring, 2016).

List of Clinical Correlates

- Groin strain


Standring, S. (2016) Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice. Gray's Anatomy Series 41st edn.: Elsevier Limited.

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