Unformatted text preview: • Direction of muscle fibers: The terms rectus (parallel), transverse (perpendicular), and oblique (at an angle) in muscle names refer to the direction of the muscle fibers with respect to the midline of the body. • Size: Maximus (largest), minimus (smallest), longus (longest), and brevis (shortest) are common suffixes added to muscle names. • Action: Terms such as flexor (flex the arm), extensor (extend the arm), abductor (move the arm laterally away from the torso), and adductor (return the arm to the torso) are added as prefixes to muscle names to indicate the kind of movement generated by the muscle....
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- Spring '10