Soleal line

The posterior surface of the tibia presents, at its upper part, a prominent ridge, the soleal line (popliteal line in older texts), which extends obliquely downward from the back part of the articular facet for the fibula to the medial border, at the junction of its upper and middle thirds.

Soleal line
Bones of the right leg. Posterior surface. (Popliteal line visible at top center.)
Latinlinea musculi solei
Anatomical terms of bone

It marks the lower limit of the insertion of the Popliteus, serves for the attachment of the fascia covering this muscle, and gives origin to part of the Soleus, Flexor digitorum longus, and Tibialis posterior muscles.

The triangular area, above this line, gives insertion to the Popliteus.


This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 258 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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  • Mysorekar V, Nandedkar A (1983). "The soleal line". Anat Rec. 206 (4): 447–51. doi:10.1002/ar.1092060410. PMID 6625203.

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