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gracilis

[′gras·ə·ləs]
(anatomy)
A long slender muscle on the medial aspect of the thigh.
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In addition, an ONB is crucial for painless harvesting of the gracilis tendon in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction because the anterior branch of the obturator nerve innervates the gracilis muscle [17, 23].
AL, adductor longus muscle; AB, adductor brevis muscle; AM, adductor magnus muscle; PE, pectineus muscle; OE, obturator externus muscle; SPR, superior pubic ramus; GR, gracilis muscle.
The gracilis muscles were found to be supplied by one to four arterial pedicles, which entered the deep surface of the muscles near the anterior border of the muscle.
Intramuscular nerve distribution pattern of the adductor longus and gracilis muscles demonstrated with Sihler staining: guidance for botulinum toxin injection.
Demonstration of intramuscular artery and nerve distribution in the same whole mount gracilis muscles Red arrow heads showed after entering the muscle the descending branches of the main arterial pedicle anastomosed with the ascending branches of the accessory arterial pedicle forming a whole arterial system in the muscle.
The gracilis muscle is widely utilized by plastic and reconstructive surgeons in a variety of applications as a pedicled muscle or for free functioning muscle or flap transfer (Krimmer et al, 1995; Melenhorst et al, 2008; Taylor et al., 2003; Zuker et al, 2011).
The basic anatomy of the gracilis muscle, especially its extramuscular blood supply and its innervation, has been well and extensively documented and understood in the past (Magden et al, 2010; Tayler et al.).