In human anatomy, the groin (the adjective is inguinal, as in Inguinal canal) areas are the two creases at the junction of the torso with the legs, on either side of the pubic area. This is also known as the medial (adductor) compartment of the thigh. A pulled groin muscle usually refers to a painful injury sustained by straining the hip adductor muscles. These hip adductor muscles that make up the groin consist of the adductor brevis, adductor longus, adductor magnus, gracilis, and pectineus. These groin muscles adduct the thigh (bring the femur and knee closer to the midline). The groin is innervated by the obturator nerve, with two exceptions: the pectineus muscle is innervated by the femoral nerve, and the hamstring portion of adductor magnus is innervated by the tibial nerve. This difference in innervation has caused some dispute whether or not the pectineus belongs to this groin and adduction group even though it still adducts the thigh.

The term is sometimes used as a euphemism for genitals since the names of the genitals are generally universally taboo.

For vascular surgeons the groin is the preferred site for incisions to enter a catheter into the vascular system.

In the groin, underneath the skin, are some lymph glands that play a role in the immune system. These can be swollen due to certain diseases, the most common one being a simple infection, and, less likely, from cancer.

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Groin Hernia
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Axbomber - Illegal Attacks - Low Blow
... A direct shot to the groin of an opponent otherwise known as a groin attack ... Although kicking an opponent in the groin is the most obvious method, the most popular version sees an attacking wrestler drop to their knees and raise their arm up ...
Groin Attack - Effects On Genders - Male
... Groin attacks enacted upon male victims are the most widely known, and women are often taught to use the groin attack to discourage potential rapists and other attackers ... Groin strikes are debilitating and pose potential harm to males due to the high sensitivity of the gonads and vulnerability of human external testicles ...
Groin Attack
... A groin attack is an attempt to cause pain to the groin area of one's opponent ... The technique can be quickly debilitating, due to the large number of sensitive nerve endings in the penis and testicles of males, as well as the highly innervated vulva of females ...