Gluteus maximus

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The gluteus maximus is the largest of the gluteus muscles which are located in the buttock. The other gluteus muscles include the gluteus medius and the gluteus minimus, collectively the gluteus muscles are commonly known as the gluteal muscles. By some definitions, the gluteus maximus is the most powerful muscle of the human body (see The strongest human muscle section of the Muscle article).

The gluteus maximus is often referred to as the "bottom," "butt" or "rear-end" of a person's anatomy.

It has an origin of the medial iliac crest, sacrum, coccyx and secrotuberous ligament. It inserts at the iliotibial band and the gluteal tuberosity of the femur. Its action is to extend and outwardly rotate hip, and extend the trunk.

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