Extensor digiti minimi muscle
|Extensor digiti minimi|
|The mucous sheaths of the tendons on the back of the wrist. (Extensor digiti quinti proprius labeled at center left.)|
|Latin||musculus extensor digiti minimi|
|Gray's||subject #125 451|
|Origin:||the anterior portion of the lateral epicondyle of the humerus (common extensor tendon)|
|Insertion:||at the extensor expansion, located at the base of the proximal phalanx of the finger on the dorsal side|
|Artery:||the posterior interosseous artery which originates from the common interosseous artery and more proximally, the ulnar artery|
|Nerve:||posterior interosseous nerve (C7, 8)|
|Action:||extends the little finger at all joints|
|Antagonist:||Flexor digiti minimi brevis|
It arises from the common Extensor tendon by a thin tendinous slip, from the intermuscular septa between it and the adjacent muscles.
Its tendon runs through a compartment of the dorsal carpal ligament behind the distal radio-ulnar joint, then divides into two as it crosses the hand, and finally joins the expansion of the Extensor digitorum communis tendon on the dorsum of the first phalanx of the little finger.
Absence of muscle rare; fusion of the belly with the Extensor digitorum communis not uncommon.
Posterior surface of the forearm. Superficial muscles.
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