Popliteus

popliteus

(Science: anatomy, muscle) origin, lateral condyle of femur; insertion, posterior surface of tibia above oblique line; action, from the fully extended and locked position, rotates the femur medially, on the fixed (planted) tibial plateau about 5�, unlocking the knee to enable flexion to occur; nerve supply, tibial.

Synonym: musculus popliteus, popliteal muscle, popliteus.

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