The trochanter is part of the bony structure and is a reference point for body measurements. It locates the level of the hips.
The greater trochanter of the femur is a large, irregular, quadrilateral bony prominence that is part of the bony structure of the femur.
In the adult, it is located about 2-4 cm lower than the femoral head. The diameter of the female pelvis is larger than the male pelvis so there is a greater distance between the greater trochanters in the female.
The greater trochanter marks the level of the hip respect to the ground plane.
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