vastus lateralis

noun

vastus lat·​er·​a·​lis -ˌlat-ər-ˈā-ləs How to pronounce vastus lateralis (audio) -ˈal-əs How to pronounce vastus lateralis (audio)
: the division of the quadriceps muscle that covers the outer anterior aspect of the femur, arises chiefly from the femur, and inserts into the outer border of the patella by a flat tendon which blends with that of the other divisions of the muscle and sends an expansion to the capsule of the knee

called also vastus externus

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“Vastus lateralis.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/vastus%20lateralis. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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