Definition of soleus in English:

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Pronunciation: /sə(ʊ)ˈliːəs/
(also soleus muscle)


A broad muscle in the lower calf, below the gastrocnemius, which flexes the foot to point the toes downwards.
Example sentences
  • When working calves, include a seated version in your routine, which allows you to hit the deeper muscle layers of the soleus buried beneath the gastrocnemius.
  • This dynamic move enhances ankle and calf flexibility and increases the strength of the deeper calf muscle, the soleus.
  • For example, if your gastrocnemius muscles are bunched high up on your lower legs, do more seated calf raises, which target your soleus, a muscle that travels the length of your calves.


Late 17th century: modern Latin, from Latin solea 'sole'.

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