Teres Minor

Diagram of Posterior Muscles of the Human Body

The teres minor muscles are a pair of muscles, one on each side of the body, located towards the back of the shoulder joint. They can be studied in relation to the teres major muscles, which are located below the teres minor muscles.

The teres minor muscles are among the four rotator cuff muscles (on each side of the body) that help to support the head of the humerus in place in the glenoid cavity.

The rotator cuff muscles are listed below.

Origin, Insertion and Actions of the Teres Minor muscles:

Point(s) of Origin:
Point(s) of Insertion:
Action(s):
  • Laterally rotates the humerus bone

The teres minor muscles are labelled on the diagram of human posterior muscles.

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