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quadriceps

Syllabification: quad·ri·ceps
Pronunciation: /ˈkwädrəˌseps
 
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Definition of quadriceps in English:

noun (plural same)

Anatomy
The large muscle at the front of the thigh, which is divided into four distinct portions and acts to extend the leg.
Example sentences
  • Bilateral thigh pain or weakness with atrophy of the iliopsoas, quadriceps, and adductor muscles also may be present.
  • You also use lower-body muscles including your quadriceps, hip flexors and gluteus maximus.
  • The deep branch innervates the quadriceps muscle, knee joint, and medial ligament.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin, literally 'four-headed'.

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