The 'hamstrings' or 'hamstrings muscles' are the muscles at the back of the thigh - semimembranosus, semitendinosus and biceps femoris.

They are so called because in pigs they are the muscles used to make ham, and the hams were strung up using hooks through the long string-like tendons.

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