|Anatomical terms of bone|
Its margins diverge above and below.
The linea aspera is a prominent longitudinal ridge or crest, on the middle third of the bone, presenting a medial and a lateral lip, and a narrow rough, intermediate line. It is an important insertion point for the adductors and the lateral and medial intermuscular septa that divides the thigh into three compartments. The tension generated by muscle attached to the bones is responsible for the formation of the ridges.
Above, the linea aspera is prolonged by three ridges.
- The lateral ridge is very rough, and runs almost vertically upward to the base of the greater trochanter. It is termed the gluteal tuberosity, and gives attachment to part of the gluteus maximus: its upper part is often elongated into a roughened crest, on which a more or less well-marked, rounded tubercle, the third trochanter, is occasionally developed.
- The intermediate ridge or pectineal line is continued to the base of the lesser trochanter and gives attachment to the pectineus muscle;
- the medial ridge is lost in the intertrochanteric line; between the intermediate and medial ridges a portion of the iliacus muscle is inserted.
Below, the linea aspera is prolonged into two ridges, enclosing between them a triangular area, the popliteal surface, upon which the popliteal artery rests.
- Of these two ridges, the lateral is the more prominent, and descends to the summit of the lateral condyle.
- The medial is less marked, especially at its upper part, where it is crossed by the femoral artery. It ends below at the summit of the medial condyle, in a small tubercle, the adductor tubercle, which affords insertion to the tendon of the adductor magnus.
The tension generated by muscle attached to the bones is responsible for the formation of the ridges.
A number of muscles attach to the linea aspera:
- From the medial lip of the linea aspera and its prolongations above and below, the vastus medialis muscle originates.
- From the lateral lip and its upward prolongation, the vastus lateralis muscle takes origin.
- The adductor magnus muscle is inserted into the linea aspera, and to its lateral prolongation above, and its medial prolongation below.
- Between the vastus lateralis and the adductor magnus two muscles are attached:
- Between the adductor magnus and the vastus medialis four muscles are inserted:
- White, Tim D.; Black, Michael T.; Folkens, Pieter A. (2012-01-01), White, Tim D.; Black, Michael T.; Folkens, Pieter A. (eds.), "Chapter 12 - Leg: Femur, Patella, Tibia, and Fibula", Human Osteology (Third Edition), San Diego: Academic Press, pp. 241–270, doi:10.1016/b978-0-12-374134-9.50012-x, ISBN 978-0-12-374134-9, retrieved 2021-02-18