Gluteal tuberosity

The gluteal tuberosity is the lateral ridge above the linea aspera of the femur. It is the site of insertion of the gluteus maximus muscle.

Gluteal tuberosity
Right femur. Posterior surface. (Gluteal tuberosity not labeled, but visible at upper right, where attachment of Gluteus maximus is indicated.)
LatinTuberositas glutaea femoris
Anatomical terminology


The gluteal tuberosity is the lateral ridge above the linea aspera on the posterior surface of the femur.[1] It is very rough surface. It runs almost vertically upward to the base of the greater trochanter. Its upper part is often elongated into a roughened crest, where the third trochanter (a rounded tubercle) is occasionally developed.

The gluteal tuberosity is the main site of insertion the gluteus maximus muscle.[2][3] The gluteus maximus muscle also inserts into the iliotibial tract.[3]


  This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 246 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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