One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A flat, fan-shaped muscle that covers the external surface of the obturator foramen, and serves to rotate the thigh laterally.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Helkiah Crooke (1576–1648), physician and anatomist. From post-classical Latin obturator externus from obturator + externus outer.
obturator externus/ˈɒbtʃʊreɪtə ɛkˈstəːnəs//ˈɒbtjʊreɪtə ɛkˈstəːnəs/
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