Hamstrings (Biceps femoris, semitendinosus and semimembranosus)

Study Guide - Quick Reference - Hamstrings and Adductors

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In this lecture we will be discussing the Muscles of the Hamstrings and the Adductors:


  • Hamstrings
    • ham (n.1) "meat of a hog's hind leg used for food," 1630s, from Old English hamm "hollow or bend of the knee," from Proto-Germanic *hamma- (cognates: Old Norse höm, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch hamme, Old High German hamma), from PIE *konemo- "shin bone" (cognates: Greek kneme "calf of the leg," Old Irish cnaim "bone"). (Etymology Online)
    • string (n.) Old English streng "line, cord, thread, string of a bow or harp," in plural "tackle, rigging; lineage, race," from Proto-Germanic *strangiz (cognates: Old Norse strengr, Danish streng, Middle Dutch strenge, Dutch streng, Old High German strang, GermanStrang "rope, cord"), from *strang- "taut, stiff," from PIE root *strenk- "tight, narrow." (Etymology Online)
  • Semitendinosus and Semimembranosus
    • semi- before vowels sem-, word-forming element meaning "half, part, partly; partial, imperfect; twice," from Latin semi- "half," from PIE *semi- "half" (Etymology Online)
    • tendon (n.) 1540s, from Medieval Latin tendonem (nominative tendo), altered (by influence of Latin tendere "to stretch") from Late Latin tenon, from Greek tenon (genitive tenontos) "tendon, sinew,"