Share this entry

Share this page

sartorius

Syllabification: sar·to·ri·us
Pronunciation: /särˈtôrēəs
 
/
(also sartorius muscle)

Definition of sartorius in English:

noun

Anatomy
A long, narrow muscle running obliquely across the front of each thigh from the hipbone 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.

Origin

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).

Definition of sartorius in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day boscage
Pronunciation: ˈbäskij
noun
massed trees or shrubs