linea aspera

[ ăspə-rə ]

n.

A longitudinal ridge running down the posterior surface of the shaft of the femur, affording attachment to various muscles including the vastus medialis, adductor longus, adductor magnus, adductor brevis, vastus lateralis, and short head of the biceps.

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