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[buht-uh k] /ˈbʌt ək/
Usually, buttocks.
  1. (in humans) either of the two fleshy protuberances forming the lower and back part of the trunk.
  2. (in animals) the rump.
Sometimes, buttocks. Nautical. the aftermost portion of a hull above the water line and in front of the rudder, merging with the run below the water line.
Origin of buttock
before 1000; Middle English buttok, Old English buttuc. See butt1, -ock
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buttocked, adjective Unabridged
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either of the two large fleshy masses of thick muscular tissue that form the human rump See also gluteus related adjectives gluteal natal
the analogous part in some mammals
Word Origin
C13: perhaps from Old English buttuc round slope, diminutive of butt (unattested) strip of land; see butt1-ock
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Word Origin and History for buttock

late 13c., singular of buttocks (q.v.).

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buttock in Medicine

buttock but·tock (bŭt'ək)

  1. Either of the two rounded prominences on the human torso that are posterior to the hips and formed by the gluteal muscles and underlying structures.

  2. buttocks The rear pelvic area of the human body.

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