The shaft of the femur is curved and bows anteri-orly with the posterior shaft marked bylil, li"*; "$p;;; (meaning rough line).At the proxim"f foriio" of the linea aspem is a roughened area cltted the gluteal tube"o-sit an attachment site fo-r the gluteus *olrnrx muscle, The distal portion of the femur"consisi"oi*"ii"f and lateral condyles. These two smooth processes come into contact with the condyles of the tibia, To ttre siaes of th, "";;ti;; are bulges known as the epicondyles. iocate the lateral epicondyJe and the medial epico"iyt" * it " f"_,rr. airo note the location of the addictor tubercle, a small, trian_ gular process p_roximal to the mediaf epicl"ayfe. This is one of the attachment points for one of ifr, "Aau.tor mus_ cles. The head of the femur is *rai"f, "nJ the li"";;sp;; is posterior. These features help aistinguish.h"ti;;;;; * have a left or right femur, Patella The patella is a bone formed in the tendon that runs fr,om th9 quadriceps muscles on the "rrtrrio, thigh to the tibia. Th_e-pateila ls a specific typ" ;at;;; known as a sesamoid bone. Sesamoid bones d'evelop in tendons, The patella ossifies between-ages three anaii*. Wtren
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This note was uploaded on 02/09/2012 for the course BIO 102 taught by Professor William during the Spring '11 term at Harvard.