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gluteus Line breaks: glu|teus
Pronunciation: /ˈɡluːtɪəs/
(also gluteus muscle)

Definition of gluteus in English:

noun (plural glutei ˈɡluːtɪʌɪ)

Any of three muscles in each buttock which move the thigh, the largest of which is the gluteus maximus.
Example sentences
  • 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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