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The Muscles of the Abdominals

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The Muscles of the Abdomen

The rectus abdominis, a long muscle extending along the length of the ventral aspect of the abdomen. It originates in the area of the pubis and inserts into the cartilage of the fifth, sixth and seventh ribs.

The external obliques (obliques externus abdominis), muscles at each side of the torso attached to the lower eight ribs and inserting at the side of the pelvis.

The intercostals, two thin planes of muscular and tendon fibers occupying the spaces between the ribs.