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Henry Gray (1825–1861).  Anatomy of the Human Body.  1918.

The Central Tendinous Point of the Perineum.—This is a fibrous point in the middle line of the perineum, between the urethra and anus, and about 1.25 cm. in front of the latter. At this point six muscles converge and are attached: viz., the Sphincter ani externus, the Bulbocavernosus, the two Transversi perinæi superficiales, and the anterior fibers of the Levatores ani.

FIG. 406– Muscles of male perineum. (See enlarged image)

  The Transversus perinæi superficialis (Transversus perinæi; Superficial transverse perineal muscle) is a narrow muscular slip, which passes more or less transversely across the perineal space in front of the anus. It arises by tendinous fibers from the inner and forepart of the tuberosity of the ischium, and, running medialward, is inserted into the central tendinous point of the perineum, joining in this situation with the muscle of the opposite side, with the Sphincter ani externus behind, and with the Bulbocavernosus in front. In some cases, the fibers of the deeper layer of the Sphincter ani externus decussate in front of the anus and are continued into this muscle. Occasionally it gives off fibers, which join with the Bulbocavernosus of the same side.
  Variations are numerous. It may be absent or double, or insert into Bulbocavernosus or External sphincter.


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