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1. Slender; denoting a thin or slender structure.
2. Synonym(s): gracilis (muscle)


the most superficial of the five medial femoral muscles. It is a thin, flattened muscle that is broad proximally and narrow distally. It functions to adduct the thigh and flex the leg and to assist in the medial rotation of the leg after it is flexed. Compare adductor brevis, adductor longus, adductor magnus, obturator externus.
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Gracilis muscle


A long slender muscle lying on the inner side of the thigh.


medial thigh muscle
  • origin lower half of body of pubis and anterior inferior pubic ramus

  • insertion upper part of medial surface of tibia, posterior to tendon of sartorius

  • nerve supply anterior branch of obturator nerve

  • action knee joint flexion; medial leg rotation when knee is flexed

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gracilis has been found to be positively associated with dense shrub cover (Carey and Kershner, 1996; Carroll, 2000; Doty and Dowler, 2006; Neiswenter and Dowler, 2007).
6] But in our study, we used gracilis graft as Palmaris longus may be absent in 15-20% of general population and taking hamstring graft can minimise the chance of neurological complications.
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Washington, December 11 ( ANI ): The asteroid collision widely thought to have killed the dinosaurs also led to extreme devastation among snake and lizard species- including the extinction of a newly identified lizard species that Yale and Harvard scientists have named Obamadon gracilis, according to a new research.
ABSTRACT The seasonal brood size of the spiny lobster Panulirus gracilis in Mexican waters (southeastern Gulf of California) was estimated for 259 ovigerous females caught in commercial tangle nets at depths ranging from 8-25 m during spring, summer, fall, and winter between March 1993 and March 1994.