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Coccygeus muscle

Coccygeus muscle
Left Levator ani from within.
Latin musculus coccygeus
Gray's subject #119 424
Origin: Sacrospinous ligament
Nerve: sacral nerves: S4-S5,[1] or S3-S4[2]
Action: closing in the back part of the outlet of the pelvis
Dorlands/Elsevier m_22/12548603

The Coccygeus is situated behind the levator ani.

It is a triangular plane of muscular and tendinous fibers, arising by its apex from the spine of the ischium and sacrospinous ligament, and inserted by its base into the margin of the coccyx and into the side of the lowest piece of the sacrum.

It assists the Levator ani and Piriformis in closing in the back part of the outlet of the pelvis.

See also

  • Coccyx
  • Coccydynia (coccyx pain, tailbone pain)
  • Pubococcygeus muscle


  1. ^ LUC coc
  2. ^ Retrieved on 2007-12-09.

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