Bassett Collection of Stereoscopic Images of Human Anatomy

Dissection of posterior aspect of left leg

Plantaris muscle, close-up view of muscle belly and nerves supply

Image #195-3

KEYWORDS: Leg, Muscles and tendons, Peripheral nervous system.

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Dissection of posterior aspect of left leg
Plantaris muscle, close-up view of muscle belly and nerves supply
The plantaris muscle, which is absent from the specimen used for most of the views in this series, is shown in this close-up view of the upper posterior part of the left leg of a different specimen. The long, slender tendon of insertion (14) is visible for only a short distance in its course to the calcaneus.
1 . Popliteal surface
2 . Muscular branch of tibial nerve (to plantaris muscle)
3 . Plantaris muscle
4 . Muscular branch of tibial nerve (to soleus muscle)
5 . Lateral head of gastrocnemius muscle
6 . Soleus muscle
7 . Medial head of gastrocnemius muscle (cut off)
8 . Tibial nerve (elevated)
9 . Adductor magnus muscle (tendon of insertion)
10 . Gastrocnemius muscle (origin of medial head)
11 . Medial epicondyle of femur
12 . Semimembranosus muscle (insertion)
13 . Popliteus muscle
14 . Tendon of plantaris muscle
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