Muscle Naming

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rectus

parallel to midline

transverse

perpendicular to midline

oblique

diagonal to midline

maximus

largest

minimus

smallest

longus

long

brevis

short

latissimus

widest

longissimus

longest

magnus

large

major

larger

minor

smaller

vastus

huge

deltoid

triangular

trapezius

trapezoid

serratus

saw-toothed

rhomboid

diamond-shaped

orbicularis

circular

pectinate

comblike

piriformis

pear-shaped

platys

flat

quadratus

square, four-sided

gracilis

slender

flexor

decreases a joint angle

extensor

increases a joint angle

abductor

moves a bone away from the midline

adductor

moves a bone closer to the midline

levator

raises or elevates a body part

depressor

lowers or depresses a body part

supinator

turns palms anteriorly

pronator

turns palm posteriorly

sphincter

decreases the size of an opening

tensor

makes a body part rigid

rotator

rotates a bone around its longitudinal axis

biceps

two origins

triceps

three origins

quadriceps

four origins

oris

mouth

cervicis

neck

brachial

arm

carpi

wrist

pollicis

thumb

gluteal

buttocks

femoris

thigh

hallucis

great toe

anterior

toward the front of the body

posterior or dorsal/dorsi

toward the back of the body

superior

above

inferior

below

superficialis

superficial (near the surface)

profundus

deep

cleido

sternum and clavicle

intercostal

Between the ribs

subscapularis

subcaular fossa

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