Author: Dr Peter de Souza
Last modified: 7 November 2022

The adductor brevis muscle is one of the 6 muscles of the medial compartment of the thigh. The adductor brevis is a triangular shaped muscle which lies deep to the pectineus and adductor longus muscles.

The medial compartment of the thigh includes the following 6 muscles:

  • Pectineus
  • Gracilis
  • Adductor longus
  • Adductor brevis
  • Adductor magnus
  • Obturator externus


  • Anteroinferior pubic ramus


  • Pectineal line
  • Superomedial part of linea aspera


  • Adducts hip
  • Laterally rotate hip
  • Flexes hip


  • Obturator nerve: L2, L3, L4

Blood Supply

  • Medial circumflex femoral artery
  • Obturator artery