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All Muscles - Listed by Group

Muscles are grouped based on the part of the body they move as they contract.
If you want to see the muscles listed alphabetically, click here: Muscle List - Alphabetical

Groups 1 - 5:

Muscles that move the

Upper Extremity



Group 1: Move the
Scapula / Clavicle

Trapezius
Levator scapula
Rhomboid major & minor
Serratus anterior
Pectoralis minor
Subclavius

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Group 2: Move the
Shoulder Joint

Deltoid
Supraspinatus
Infraspinatus
Teres minor
Subscapularis
Pectoralis major
Coracobrachialis
Latissimus dorsi
Teres major

View this group G2

Group 3: Move the
Elbow, Forearm

Biceps brachii
Brachialis
Brachioradialis
Pronator teres
Pronator quadratus
Triceps brachii
Anconeus
Supinator

View this group G3

Group 4: Move the
Wrist, Hand, Fingers

Flexor carpi radialis
Palmaris longus
Flexor carpi ulnaris
Flexor digitorum superficialis
Flexor digitorum profundus
Extensor carpi radialis longus
Extensor carpi radialis brevis
Extensor carpi ulnaris
Extensor digitorum
Extensor indicis

View this group G4

Group 5: Move the
Thumb

Flexor pollicis longus
Flexor pollicis brevis
Opponens pollicis
Adductor pollicis
Abductor pollicis longus
Abductor pollicis brevis
Extensor pollicis longus
Extensor pollicis brevis

View this group G5

Bonus Group (4-A):
Intrinsic Muscles of the Hand

Dorsal Interossei
Palmar Interossei
Lumbrical Muscles
Muscles of Hypothenar Eminence
   - Abductor Digiti Minimi
   - Flexor Digiti Minimi
   - Opponens Digiti Minimi
Opponens Pollicis
Adductor Pollicis
Flexor Pollicis Brevis
Abductor Pollicis Brevis

View this group G4-A
Groups 6 - 9:

Muscles that move the

Axial Skeleton



Group 6: Move the
Face, Jaw

Masseter
Temporalis
Lateral pterygoid
Medial pterygoid
Occipitofrontalis
Platysma
Suprahyoids Group
   - Geniohyoid, Mylohyoid,
   - Stylohyoid, Digastric
Infrahyoids Group
   - Sternohyoid, Sternothyroid,
   - Omohyoid, Thyrohyoid
Muscles of facial expression

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Group 7: Move the
Neck, Head

Sternocleidomastoid
Scalenes group
Longus capitis & longus colli
Suboccipital group
   - Rectus Capitis Posterior Major
   - Rectus Capitis Posterior Minor
   - Oblique Capitis Superior
   - Oblique Capitis Inferior
Splenius capitis
Splenius cervicis
Semispinalis capitis
Levator scapula*
Trapezius, upper fibers*
*(revisited for reversed O/I actions)

View this group G7

Group 8: Move the
Spine

Spinalis
Longissimus
Iliocostalis
Semispinalis
Multifidus
Rotatores
Quadratus lumborum
Interspinales & Intertransversarii

View this group G8

Group 9: Move the
Thorax, Abdomen, Breathing

Rectus abdominis
External oblique
Internal oblique
Transverse abdominis
Diaphragm
External intercostals
Internal intercostals
Serratus posterior superior
Serratus posterior inferior
Levator costae

View this group G9
Groups 10 - 13:

Muscles that move the

Lower Extremity



Group 10: Move the
Hip Joint (Part 1)

Gluteus maximus
Gluteus medius
Gluteus minimus
Piriformis (1st lateral rotator)
The other 5 lateral rotators
   - Gemellus Superior
   - Obturator Internus
   - Gemellus Inferior
   - Obturator Externus
   - Quadratus Femoris
Iliacus
Psoas major
Iliopsoas (Iliacus & Psoas major)

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Group 11: Move the
Hip Joint (Part 2)

Sartorius
Tensor fascia latae
Pectineus
Adductor brevis
Adductor longus
Adductor magnus
Gracilis

View this group G11

Group 12: Move the
Knee
(& Hip Joint, Part 3)

Rectus femoris
Vastus lateralis
Vastus intermedius
Vastus medialis
Biceps femoris
Semitendinosus
Semimembranosus
Popliteus

View this group G12

Group 13: Move the
Ankle, Foot, Toes

Gastrocnemius
Plantaris
Soleus
Tibialis posterior
Flexor digitorum longus
Flexor hallucis longus
Peroneus longus
Peroneus brevis
Tibialis anterior
Extensor digitorum longus
Extensor hallucis longus

View this group G13

Bonus Group (13-A):
Intrinsic Muscles of the Foot

1st Plantar Layer
   - Abductor Digiti Minimi
   - Flexor Digitorum Brevis
   - Abductor Hallucis
2nd Plantar Layer:
   - Lumbrical Muscles (4)
   - Quadratus Plantae
3rd Plantar Layer:
   - Flexor Digiti Minimi
   - Adductor Hallucis
   - Flexor Hallucis Brevis
4th Plantar Layer:
   -Plantar Interossei (3)
1st Dorsal Layer:
   - Extensor Digitorum Brevis
   - Extensor Hallucis Brevis
2nd Dorsal Layer:
   - Dorsal Interossei (4)

View this group G13-A

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