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gastrocnemius (muscle)

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Definitions:
1. superficial muscle of posterior (plantar flexor) compartment of leg; origin, by two heads (lateral and medial) from the lateral and medial condyles of the femur; insertion, with soleus by tendo calcaneus into lower half of posterior surface of calcaneus; action, plantar flexion of foot; nerve supply, tibial.

Synonyms: musculus gastrocnemius, gastrocnemius

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