Definition of sartorius in English:

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Pronunciation: /sɑːˈtɔːrɪəs/
(also sartorius muscle)


A long, narrow muscle running obliquely across the front of each thigh from the hip bone to the inside of the leg below the knee.
Example sentences
  • It passes between the dorsal border of the sartorius and the anterior border of the tendon of gracilis.
  • The superficial branch supplies sensory innervation to the skin of the anterior thigh and motor innervation to the sartorius muscle.
  • The anserine bursa is a fairly large bursa that ties behind the tendons of sartorius, gracilis, and semitendinous muscles and the tibial collateral ligament.


Early 18th century: modern Latin, from Latin sartor 'tailor' (because the muscle is used when adopting a cross-legged position, earlier associated with a tailor's sewing posture).

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