Lesser trochanter

Lesser trochanter

Left hip-joint, opened by removing the floor of the acetabulum from within the pelvis.

Upper extremity of right femur viewed from behind and above.
Insertions Psoas major
Latin trochanter minor
TA A02.5.04.007
FMA 32853

Anatomical terms of bone

The lesser trochanter (small trochanter) of the femur is a conical eminence, which varies in size in different subjects.


It projects from the lower and back part of the base of the femur neck.

From its apex three well-marked borders extend:

The summit of the trochanter is rough, and gives insertion to the tendon of the Psoas major and the Iliacus.

Clinical significance

It can be involved in an avulsion fracture.[1]

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See also

This article uses anatomical terminology; for an overview, see Anatomical terminology.


This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  1. Khoury JG, Brandser EA, Found EM, Buckwalter JA (1998). "Non-traumatic lesser trochanter avulsion: a report of three cases". Iowa Orthop J. 18: 150–4. PMC 2378165Freely accessible. PMID 9807723.
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