What is the name of the crease/fold/sulcus between the top of the leg and the groin?

Here's an image:

Image of the crease

  • I just saw your edit @ShadowWizardisVaccinated and I'm curious. What does the edit you made do? I thought putting the image description in was enough for screen readers Commented Dec 31, 2021 at 7:54
  • @ChrisRogers I made the image smaller, it's still clear enough and doesn't take so much space. Might be just nitpicking, I wouldn't do it in old posts, just new-ish when I spot such thing. (Also note it links to the original size image) Commented Dec 31, 2021 at 15:14
  • @ShadowWizardIsVaccinatedV3 - I see. I was just curious as I saw how you edited it and didn't know what it did. I see it now. It's interesting 🙂 Commented Dec 31, 2021 at 15:28
  • @ChrisRogers yeah, lots of screenshots on Meta Stack Exchange where I usually roam (mostly bug reports), so learning some tricks. :) Commented Dec 31, 2021 at 16:48

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That crease is simply called the crease of the groin. [See: fig.1 of Mallouris et al. (2012).]

Other names for this crease, as also indicated in the same paper include Holden's crease and fold of the groin


Mallouris, A., Yiacoumettis, A., Thomaidis, V., Karayiannakis, A., Simopoulos, C., Kakagia, D., & Tsaroucha, A. K. (2012). A record of skin creases and folds. European Journal of Plastic Surgery, 35(12), 847-854. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00238-012-0774-3


In "Fig 71: Region of the groin in women" of 'New Artistic Anatomy: Female Morphology" by Paul Richer (translation to english) it seems to be called "crease of the thigh" and is situated below "crease of the groin" and "suprapubic crease" (from what I can tell). "Pli de la cuisse" in the french original.

See the figure here: https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Richer_-_Anatomie_artistique,_1_p._188.png


Pierre, Richer Paul Mario Louis, Allana M. Benham, and Allana M. Benham. New artistic anatomy: Female morphology. S.l.: Benham Books, 2015.

Richer, Paul. Anatomie artistique: description des formes extérieures du corps humain au repos et dans les principaux mouvements. Vol. 1. Paris: E. Plon, Nourrit, 1890.

  • Why downvotes? The figure in the book by doctor Paul Richer seemed much more detailed than the other answer.
    – Emil
    Commented Apr 19 at 5:54
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    I must say I don't understand the downvotes either. It may be because the diagram you linked to is in French? I'm not sure.
    – Carey Gregory
    Commented Apr 19 at 14:32

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