Highlighted Rhomboids on a cadaver (Note the rhomboid major is highlighted with the band of muscle running superior to it with a parallel fiber direction being the rhomboid minor) - https://classconnection.s3.amazonaws.com/597/flashcards/1723597/jpg/bacposmusmbsrhomboid_major_m1344614814781.jpg
What’s in a name:
- Rhomboid (n.) 1560s, from Middle French rhomboide or directly from Late Latin rhomboides, from Greek rhomboeides "rhomboidal; a rhomboid;" see rhombus + -oid. (Etymology Online)
- Rhombus - 1560s, from Late Latin rhombus, from Greek rhombos "rhombus, rhomb, lozenge; spinning top, magic wheel used by sorcerers; a spinning motion," from rhembesthai "to spin, whirl," from PIE *wrembh-, from *werbh- "to turn, twist, bend" (Etymology Online)
- "- oid" - word-forming element meaning "like, like that of, thing like a ______," from Latinized form of Greek -oeides, from eidos "form." The -o- is connective or a stem vowel from the previous element. (Etymology Online)
- Like the shape of a rhomboid (bent square)
Transverse Section - Rhomboids highlighted http://denversom.wikispaces.com/file/view
- Major: Spinous process of second through fifth thoracic vertebrae (8, 11).
- Minor: Ligamentum nuchae, spinous processes of seventh cervical and first thoracic vertebrae (8, 11).