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July 24, 2005 10:33 PM Subscribe
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Does the human body contain one gluteus maximus muscle (spanning both buttocks) or two (one at the top of each leg)?
posted by Shadowkeeper to science & nature (8 answers total)
I'm pretty proficient at Internet research, but I'm having a hard time nailing down a definitive answer for this. My question: does the human body contain one gluteus maximus muscle (spanning both buttocks) or two (one at the top of each leg)? I'd always thought one, but I'm having difficult confirming this because most anatomy texts online describe the muscles of the thigh / leg, and the accompanying illustrations only show half of the maximus (or perhaps all of the maximus, if there are two).
Also, most sites say that the buttocks are made up of three muscles: the gluteus maximus, the gluteus medius and the gluteus minimus. That would settle the matter, except that it seems like medius and minimus come in pairs (but I could be wrong). So how many muscles, really, form the buttocks?