Pectineus

  • The pectineus (also pectineus muscle, latin: musculus pectineus) is a flat, quadrangular muscle situated in the medial region of the thigh.

    Origin

    The pectineus originates from the pectineal line of the pubic bone, also known as the pecten pubis.

    Insertion

    Fibers of the pectineus muscle pass downward and in posterolateral direction and insert onto the pectineal line of the femur.

    Action

    The main function of the pectineus is flexion of the hip. Other actions provided by the pectineus muscle are adduction and external rotation of the hip. 

    Innervation

    The pectineus is innervated by the muscular branches of the femoral nerve and the anterior branch of the obturator nerve, both arising from the lumbar plexus.