One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Either of two muscles covering the outer front part of the pelvis on each side and involved in movements of the thigh and hip.
- ‘These branches supply the pectineus, the hip joint, and, by rejoining the obturator, the adductor muscles.’
- ‘The obturator may communicate with the femoral vein.’
- ‘The surgeon uses a special hip arthroscopy cannula with cannulated obturators to establish the portals.’
- ‘In one case the iliolumbar was a branch of the obturator, itself a branch of the internal iliac.’
- ‘The lateral femoral circumflex may give rise to an obturator.’
- 1.1as modifier Relating to the obturator or to the obturator foramen.‘obturator neurectomy’
- ‘Metastatic prostatic and transitional cell carcinomas were present in a single obturator lymph node.’
- ‘No tumor was detected in the right and left obturator lymph nodes.’
- ‘The obturator nerve is located in the fascia directly under the pubic bone.’
- ‘The obturator artery is very variable in origin and no embryological explanation has been found.’
- ‘The femoral, lateral cutaneous, and obturator nerves exit from the lumbar plexus.’
Early 18th century: from medieval Latin, literally ‘obstructor’, from obturare ‘stop up’.
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