gracilis muscle


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grac·i·lis mus·cle

(gras'i-lis mŭs'ĕl)
Origin, ramus of pubis near symphysis; insertion, shaft of tibia below medial tuberosity (seepes anserinus);action, adducts thigh, flexes knee, rotates leg medially; nerve supply, obturator.
Synonym(s): musculus gracilis [TA] .

gracilis muscle

Thigh muscle. Origin: lower half of pubis. Insertion: proximal medial tibia. Nerve: obturator (L2-L3). Action: adducts, flexes, and medially rotates thigh.
See: leg for illus. (Muscles of the leg)
See also: muscle

gracilis muscle

a muscle which occupies the medial surface of the thigh; arises from the pelvic symphysis and inserts on the tibial crest. See Table 13.

gracilis muscle muscle rupture
a common injury in racing Greyhounds, causing lameness, inability to extend the stifle, and an obvious swelling in the medial thigh. Called also dropped muscle.
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Azizzadeh performs cross facial nerve graft and gracilis muscle free flap surgeries on people who have had facial paralysis for two or more years.
In this procedure, the gracilis muscle is harvested from the patient's thigh, wrapped around the anus, and forced to contract by an implanted electrical pulse generator.
The operation involves transposition of the gracilis muscle to make a new anal sphincter, followed by implantation of a device that maintains electrical stimulation of the muscle.
The gracilis muscle is mobilized from the inner thigh and wrapped around the anal canal.
My decision backfired when, after a few weeks' rest over the winter, my dog dropped a gracilis muscle and never raced again.
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Free gracilis muscle transposition is a reconstructive option that can address both the paralyzed eyelids and lips.