Definition of gracilis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡrasələs/
(also gracilis muscle)


A slender superficial muscle of the inner thigh.
Example sentences
  • For example, some flaps such as the gracilis muscle can be harvested endoscopically to limit the length of the donor site incision.
  • All originate at your pubic bone and, except for the gracilis, insert on your thighbone.
  • Pain on the back of the medial of our knees may be caused by friction of three muscles rubbing together - your sartorius, gracilis and semitendinosus.


Early 17th century: from Latin, literally 'slender'.

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Syllabification: grac·i·lis

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