Gluteus Minimus

Diagram of posterior muscles.

The gluteus minimus muscles are a pair of muscles located in the buttocks and responsible for the movement of the thighs.

The gluteus minimus works together with the gluteus medius muscle.

Origin, Insertion and Actions of the Gluteus Minimus muscle:

Points of Origin:
  • Middle outer surface of the ilium bone
Points of Insertion:
  • Anterior border of the greater trochanter (at the top) of the femur bone
Action(s):
  • Abducts the hip joint
  • Medial rotation of the upper leg (thigh), via the hipjoint.

The gluteus minimus muscle is labelled on our diagram of human posterior muscles.

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