Posterior branch of obturator nerve
Fromobturator nerve
InnervatesAdductor magnus muscle
Latinramus posterior nervi obturatorii
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

The posterior branch of the obturator nerve pierces the anterior part of the obturator externus, and supplies this muscle; it then passes behind the adductor brevis on the front of the adductor magnus, where it divides into numerous muscular branches which are distributed to the adductor magnus and the adductor brevis.[1]

It usually gives off an articular branch to the knee-joint.

Articular branch for the knee-joint

The articular branch for the knee-joint is sometimes absent; it either perforates the lower part of the adductor magnus, or passes through the opening which transmits the femoral artery, and enters the popliteal fossa; it then descends upon the popliteal artery, as far as the back part of the knee-joint, where it perforates the oblique popliteal ligament, and is distributed to the synovial membrane. It gives filaments to the popliteal artery.


  1. ^ Chung, Kyung Won (2012). Gross anatomy. Harold M. Chung (7th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN 978-1-60547-745-9. OCLC 701450118.

Public domain This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 954 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)