One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A slender superficial muscle of the inner thigh.
- ‘Pain on the back of the medial of our knees may be caused by friction of three muscles rubbing together - your sartorius, gracilis and semitendinosus.’
- ‘All originate at your pubic bone and, except for the gracilis, insert on your thighbone.’
- ‘For example, some flaps such as the gracilis muscle can be harvested endoscopically to limit the length of the donor site incision.’
- ‘The gracilis and pectineus are also hip flexors.’
- ‘While practicing my routine in May 2001, I tore a piece of the gracilis muscle in my groin.’
Early 17th century: from Latin, literally ‘slender’.
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