Crus of clitoris

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Clitoral crura
Clitoris Anatomy.svg
The internal anatomy of the human vulva, with the clitoral hood and labia minora indicated as lines.
Artery deep artery of clitoris
Lymph superficial inguinal lymph nodes
Latin crus clitoridis
FMA 20175
Anatomical terminology
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Shows the sub-areas of the clitoris. Areas include clitoral glans, body, crura. Also shows vestibular bulbs and corpora cavernosa

The clitoral crura (singular: clitoral crus) are two erectile tissue structures, which together form a V-shape. Crus is a Latin word that means "leg". Each "leg" of the V converges on the clitoral body. At each divergent point is a corpus cavernosum of clitoris. The crura are attached to the pubic arch, and are adjacent to the vestibular bulbs. The crura flank the urethra, urethral sponge, and vagina and extend back toward the pubis. Each clitoral crus connects to the rami of the pubis and the ischium.[1]

During sexual arousal, the crura become engorged with blood, as does all of the erectile tissue of the clitoris.[2][3]

The clitoral crura are each covered by an ischiocavernosus muscle.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Ginger, VA; Cold, CJ; Yang, CC (March 2011). "Surgical anatomy of the dorsal nerve of the clitoris". Neurourology and urodynamics. 30 (3): 412–6. doi:10.1002/nau.20996. PMID 21298720.
  2. ^ Hite, Shere (2006). The Shere Hite reader sex, globalization, and private life. New York: Seven Stories Press. ISBN 1609800362. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  3. ^ Wessells, Norman K.; Center, Elizabeth M.; Kistler, Henry B. (1992). Vertebrates, a laboratory text (2nd ed.). Boston: Jones and Bartlett. p. 201. ISBN 0867208538.
  4. ^ "Anatomy Atlases: Atlas of Human Anatomy in Cross Section: Section 6: Pelvis, Perineum, Hip, and Upper Thigh".

External links

  • Anatomy photo:41:12-0101 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center - "The Female Perineum: The Clitoris"
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