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biceps

Line breaks: bi¦ceps
Pronunciation: /ˈbʌɪsɛps
 
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Definition of biceps in English:

noun (plural same)

1Any of several muscles having two points of attachment at one end, in particular:
Example sentences
  • The articular surfaces and biceps tendon attachment were found to be normal.
  • Once thawed, the proximal two-thirds of the radii were harvested along with their distal biceps tendon attachments.
  • An instance of the origin of the long tendon of the biceps from the tendon of pectoralis major is described by Koster.
1.1 (also biceps brachii /ˈbreɪkɪʌɪ/) A large muscle in the upper arm which turns the hand to face palm uppermost and flexes the arm and forearm: he clenched his fist and exhibited his bulging biceps
More example sentences
  • Major flexors include the biceps brachii (which also supinates the forearm when the elbow is flexed), brachioradialis and brachialis muscles.
  • There are thirty-two segments devoted to a particular muscle, such as temporalis, masseter, sternocleidomastoid, biceps brachii and so on.
  • The tendinitis signs and symptoms can be of the rotator cuff or of the long head of the biceps brachii muscles, or both.
1.2 (also biceps femoris /fɪˈmɔːrɪs/ or leg biceps) Anatomy A muscle in the back of the thigh which helps to flex the leg.
Example sentences
  • Most muscle strains occur in the lower extremities with the rectus femoris and biceps femoris muscle being most commonly affected; they are followed by the semitendinosus, adductors, vastus medialis and soleus.
  • The biceps femoris muscle has been documented as the most commonly injured hamstring muscle, and this study verifies this finding.
  • The biceps femoris muscle was involved in 81% of all injuries and was the sole or predominant muscle injured in 72% of injuries.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin, literally 'two-headed', from bi- 'two' + -ceps (from caput 'head').

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