Extensor pollicis brevis muscle
|Extensor pollicis brevis muscle|
|Front of right upper extremity. (Extensor pollicis brevis labeled at upper left.)|
|Posterior surface of the forearm. Deep muscles. (Extensor pollicis brevis visible at left.)|
|Latin||musculus extensor pollicis brevis|
|Gray's||subject #125 455|
|Insertion:||thumb, proximal phalanx|
|Artery:||posterior interosseous artery|
|Nerve:||posterior interosseous nerve|
|Action:||extension of thumb at metacarpophalangeal joint|
|Antagonist:||Flexor pollicis longus muscle, Flexor pollicis brevis muscle|
The Extensor pollicis brevis lies on the medial side of, and is closely connected with, the Abductor pollicis longus.
Origin and insertion
Its direction is similar to that of the Abductor pollicis longus, its tendon passing the same groove on the lateral side of the lower end of the radius, to be inserted into the base of the first phalanx of the thumb.
The Extensor pollicis brevis extends the proximal phalanx.
Absence; fusion of tendon with that of the Extensor pollicis longus.
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