piriformis

noun
pir·​i·​for·​mis
variants: or pyriformis \ ˌpir-​ə-​ˈfȯr-​məs How to pronounce pyriformis (audio) \

Medical Definition of piriformis

: a muscle that arises from the front of the sacrum, passes out of the pelvis through the greater sciatic foramen, is inserted into the upper border of the greater trochanter of the femur, and rotates the thigh laterally

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“Piriformis.” The Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/piriformis. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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