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femoral triangle

 

Definition: a triangular space at the upper part of the thigh, bounded by the sartorius and adductor longus muscles and the inguinal ligament, with a floor formed laterally by the iliopsoas muscle and medially by the pectineus muscle; the branches of the femoral nerve are distributed within the femoral triangle; it is bisected by the femoral vessels, which enter the adductor canal at the triangles apex.

Synonym(s): trigonum femoraleTA, trigonum femoris, fossa scarpae major, Scarpa triangle, subinguinal triangle

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