Gluteus minimus

Gluteus minimus is a fan-shaped muscle and is the smallest of three gluteal muscles. It lies deep to the gluteus medius.

Origin of gluteus minimus:

It originates from the outer surface of ilium.

Insertion of gluteus minimus:

The fibers of the muscle pass downward and laterally and are attached to the anterior surface of greater trochanter of femur.

Nerve supply of gluteus minimus:

It is supplied by the superior gluteal nerve.

Action of gluteus minimus:

Along with gluteus medius, the gluteus minimus powerfully abducts the thigh at hip joint. Anterior fibers also medially rotate the thigh.