Definition of gluteus in English:


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

noun (plural glutei /-tɪʌɪ/)

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