Definition of triceps in English:


Syllabification: tri·ceps
Pronunciation: /ˈtrīˌseps

noun (plural same or tricepses)

  • Any of several muscles having three points of attachment at one end, particularly (also triceps brachii /ˈbrākēˌī, -kēˌē/) the large muscle at the back of the upper arm.
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    • Palpation of the soft tissues begins with the biceps and triceps muscles.
    • Then the biceps relaxes and the triceps contracts to straighten the elbow.
    • The rotating French press is a terrific triceps toner because it really isolates the triceps muscle.



tricep tendonitis
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  • In 1994, patient 1 experienced weakness and pain that radiated from his legs to his entire body, as well as muscle trembling, drooping eyelids, and tricep and quadriceps weakness.
  • In many cases this is due to a genetic propensity of the deltoid and tricep muscles to be primarily involved in this pushing motion.
  • Increased adiposity in the subscapular and tricep region in middle age was associated with a 60-70% increase in risk of dementia


late 16th century: from Latin, literally 'three-headed', from tri- 'three' + -ceps (from caput 'head').

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