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What is the triceps muscle?

Rick Olderman
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The triceps are posterior muscles of the upper arm that extend the shoulder and the elbow. They are composed of three heads:
  • long head: originates at the scapula and inserts along with the lateral and medial heads into the elbow. This muscle assists with shoulder adduction and extension as well as elbow extension.
  • lateral head: originates on the outer surface of the humerus. This portion inserts along with the long and medial heads into the elbow.
  • medial head: originates on the medial surface of the humerus and inserts along with the lateral and long heads into the elbow.
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