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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