Intertrochanteric line

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Bone: Intertrochanteric line
Right hip-joint from the front. (Intertrochanteric line labeled at bottom left.)
Right femur. Anterior surface. (Intertrochanteric line visible near top, as diagonal line below neck.)
Latin linea intertrochanterica
Gray's subject #59 245
/ Elsevier

Running obliquely downward and medialward from the tubercle of the femur is the intertrochanteric line (spiral line of the femur); it winds around the medial side of the body of the bone, below the lesser trochanter, and ends about 5 cm. below this eminence in the linea aspera.

  • Its lower half is less prominent, and gives origin to the upper part of the Vastus medialis.

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