Medial compartment of thigh

The medial compartment of thigh is one of the fascial compartments of the thigh and contains the hip adductor muscles and the gracilis muscle.

Medial compartment of thigh
Cross-section through the middle of the thigh. (Medial compartment is at center right.)
Anterior hip muscles
Arteryobturator artery
Nerveobturator nerve (femoral nerve for Pectineus muscle)
Latincompartimentum femoris mediale
Anatomical terminology

The obturator nerve is the primary nerve supplying this compartment. The obturator artery is the blood supply to the medial thigh.

The muscles in the compartment are:

The obturator externus muscle is sometimes considered part of this group,[1][2][3] and sometimes excluded.[4] (Spatially, it is in this location, but functionally, it is more similar to the other lateral rotator group muscles).

The pectineus is sometimes included in this group,[1][3] and sometimes excluded.[2][4] (It has the same function as the others in this group, but different innervation – namely, the femoral nerve.)


  1. Ellis, Harold; Susan Standring; Gray, Henry David (2005). Gray's anatomy: the anatomical basis of clinical practice. St. Louis, Mo: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone. ISBN 0-443-07168-3.
  2. Sauerland, Eberhardt K.; Patrick W. Tank; Tank, Patrick W. (2005). Grant's dissector. Hagerstown, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 129. ISBN 0-7817-5484-4.
  3. Kyung Won Chung (2005). Gross Anatomy (Board Review). Hagerstown, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 123. ISBN 0-7817-5309-0.
  4. "Summary of Lower Limb". Archived from the original on 2008-01-23. Retrieved 2008-01-27.
  • medialthigh at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University)
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