Muscle Atlas

Vastus Lateralis

Origin: Superior portion of intertrochanteric line, anterior and inferior borders of greater trochanter, superior portion of lateral lip of linea aspera, and lateral portion of gluteal tuberosity of femur
Insertion: Lateral base and border of patella; also forms the lateral patellar retinaculum and lateral side of quadriceps femoris tendon
Action: Extends the knee
Innervation: Muscular branches of femoral nerve
Arterial Supply: Lateral circumflex femoral artery

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