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Lateral epicondyle of femur

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The lateral epicondyle is found on the lateral surface of the lateral condyle of the femur. It is the most prominent point on the lateral condyle.  

A condyle is a rounded articular prominence found on bones and often occurs in pairs. An epicondyle is an eminence that is found on or superior to a condyle.

The femur has lateral and medial condyles that make up most of the distal end of the femur. The femoral condyles articulate with menisci and the tibial condyles to form the knee joints. 

The lateral epicondyle is a rounded eminence. It provides attachment for the fibular collateral ligament, the popliteal muscle, and the gastrocnemius muscle

Terminology  English:  Lateral epicondyle of femur 

Latin: Epicondylus lateralis ossis femori
Synonyms: Epicondylus lateralis femoris
Location Found on the lateral condyle of the femur
Function  Attachment site for fibular collateral ligament, the popliteal muscle, and the gastrocnemius muscle

Learn more about the lateral epicondyle of the femur and anatomical structure of the femur in this study unit: 

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