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What is the biceps femoris muscle?

Rick Olderman
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The biceps femoris is a lateral hamstring (muscle at the back of the thigh) composed of:

  • Short head: originates along the femur and inserts with the long head onto the lateral side of the fibula and lateral portion of the tibia.
  • Long head: originates at the pelvis and blends with the short head to its insertion on the lower leg.
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