(also gluteus muscle)
noun (plural glutei /-tēˌī/)
Any of three muscles in each buttock that move the thigh, the largest of which is the gluteus maximus.
- The strong muscles of the buttocks (glutei) span the hip joints, and are crucial to support and stability.
- The hamstring muscles on the back of the thigh work with your gluteus maximus during leg extension and knee flexion.
- The position of the legs - with the bottom tucked in - will develop the gluteus, adductors, and gastrocnemius muscles to name but a few.
Late 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek gloutos 'buttock'.
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