Gastrocnemius muscle

August 2017


Definition

The gastrocnemius muscle is one of three muscles that make up the calf, along with the triceps surae muscle and the soleus muscle. The gastrocnemius muscle is divided into two sections, external and internal, attached to the inner and outer aspects of the femur, respectively, which then join together and are attached to the calcaneus. The gastrocnemius muscle is located near the knee joint. It is a flat muscle. The gastrocnemius muscle enables the flexion of the knee.

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