Extensor Carpi Digitorum
The extensor carpi digitorum muscles are deep muscles located on the dorsal surface of each hand.
In general an 'extensor' muscle is one that causes the extension (straightening) of a limb or other part of the body.
Origin, Insertion and Actions of the Extensor Carpi Digitorum muscles:
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The approximate locations of the extensor carpi digitorum muscles are labelled on our diagram of human posterior muscles.
More about Muscles:
The following are some popular pages in the section about the human muscular system:
- The structure of muscle tissue
- The structure of muscle cells
- Labelled diagrams of the muscles in different parts of the body including anterior muscles, posterior muscles and facial muscles
- Types of muscle contractions
- Movements at joints
There are also more pages about the words used to describe muscles (terminology), the anatomy and physiology of muscles, muscular disorders and associated topics. See also books about sports medicine.
- Anterior Muscles
- Posterior Muscles
- Facial Muscles
- Muscle Terminology (Definitions)
- 1. Structure of Muscle
- 2. Structure of Muscle Cells
- 3. Muscle Filaments
- 4. Sliding Filament Theory
- 5. Neuromuscular Junction
- 6. Actions at Neuromuscular Junction
- Types of Muscle Contractions
- Muscular Disorders
- Effects of exercise on muscles