gluteus minimus

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to gluteus minimus: gluteus medius, Piriformis

gluteus minimus

The smallest, thinnest and deepest of the three buttock muscles.

gluteus minimus

thick muscle of gluteal region
  • origin ilium, between anterior and inferior gluteal lines

  • insertion anterior face of greater trochanter and local hip joint capsule

  • nerve supply superior gluteal nerve

  • action with gluteus medius; see gluteus medius

References in periodicals archive ?
The gluteus medius and gluteus minimus are two smaller muscles that lie on the side of your hip.
The gluteus maximus muscle was smaller than on the right side; the left gluteus minimus muscle was almost completely atrophied.
We then repaired the articular capsule, gluteus minimus muscle, gluteus medius muscle, and tensor fasciae latae muscle.
The dissection of the hip capsule between the piriformis tendon and the gluteus minimus muscle is facilitated by slight flexion, external rotation, and abduction in the hip.
Primary active abduction of the hip is predominately performed by a muscle called the gluteus maximus and--to a lesser degree--the gluteus minimus.