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English translation: piriformis muscle

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German term or phrase:birnenförmiger Muskel
English translation:piriformis muscle
Entered by: Daniel Bird
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23:38 Feb 20, 2006
German to English translations [PRO]
Medical - Medical (general) / human muscles
German term or phrase: birnenförmiger Muskel
Evening all,
here we have a reference to one of those muscles we translators know perhaps too much about, namely the ones in or at least adjacent to our backsides.
It is grouped in a list with gluteus maximus/medius/minimus in a group that can be exercised using an abductor machine. That's all the context that's of any help really.
Much appreciated as ever
DB
Daniel Bird
United Kingdom
Local time: 09:07
piriformis muscle
Explanation:
A muscle that begins at the front surface of the sacrum (the V-shaped bone between the buttocks at the base of the spine) and passes through the greater sciatic notch to attach to the top of the thigh bone (femur) at its bony prominence called the greater trochanter. The gluteus maximus muscle covers over the piriformis muscle in the buttocks.

The piriformis muscle takes its name from the Latin "pirium", pear + "forma", shape. It was thought to be shaped like a pear.
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Brie Vernier
Germany
Local time: 10:07
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Thanks Brie and colleagues.
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birnenförmiger Muskel
piriformis muscle


Explanation:
A muscle that begins at the front surface of the sacrum (the V-shaped bone between the buttocks at the base of the spine) and passes through the greater sciatic notch to attach to the top of the thigh bone (femur) at its bony prominence called the greater trochanter. The gluteus maximus muscle covers over the piriformis muscle in the buttocks.

The piriformis muscle takes its name from the Latin "pirium", pear + "forma", shape. It was thought to be shaped like a pear.


    Reference: http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=8220
Brie Vernier
Germany
Local time: 10:07
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Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 92
Grading comment
Thanks Brie and colleagues.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Cilian O'Tuama: or just piriformis
2 mins
  -> Sure, thanks.

agree  doctor_suz: piriform muscle or musculus piriformis
38 mins
  -> Thanks, doctor_suz, but most exercise-related sites call it what I entered above

agree  Dr Sue Levy
6 hrs
  -> Thanks, Sue

agree  MMUlr: Merck Manual uses both, piriform m. and piriformis m., but more frequently your suggestion: http://www.merck.com/mrkshared/mmanual/section5/chapter62/62...
9 hrs
  -> Thanks, M
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