Gluteus Minimus

Written by Oliver Jones

Last updated October 19, 2022 • 3 Revisions

The gluteus minimus is a muscle of the gluteal region in the lower limb. It is the deepest and smallest of the superficial gluteal muscles.

  • Attachments: Originates from the ilium and converges to form a tendon, inserting to the anterior side of the greater trochanter.
  • Actions: Abduction and medial rotation of the lower limb. It stabilises the pelvis during locomotion, preventing ‘dropping’ of the pelvis on the contralateral side.
  • Innervation: Superior gluteal nerve.
  • Blood Supply: Superior gluteal artery.

Fig 1
The superficial muscles of the gluteal region. The gluteus maximus and medius have been partly removed.

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