Origin

Hamate bone

Insertion

Little finger

Action(s)

The flexor digiti minimi flexes the little finger.

Nerve Supply

The flexor digiti minimi brevis, like other hypothenar muscles, is innervated by the deep branch of the ulnar nerve.

Arterial Supply

Ulnar artery

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Discussion

It arises from the convex surface of the hamulus of the hamate bone, and the palmar surface of the flexor retinaculum of the hand, and is inserted into the ulnar side of the base of the first phalanx of the little finger.

It is separated from the abductor digiti minimi, at its origin, by the deep branches of the ulnar artery and the ulnar nerve. This muscle is sometimes not present; in these cases, the abductor digiti minimi is usually larger than normal.

It is a hypothenar muscle.

The name of this muscle is Latin for the ‘short flexor of the little finger’. Note that brevis is usually included to differentiate it from a longus muscle of the same name. The flexor digiti minimi longus, however, is not found in the typical human, but instead is a rare anatomical variation.

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Flexor digiti minimi brevis

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