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[gloo-tee-uh s, gloo-tee-] /ˈglu ti əs, gluˈti-/
noun, plural glutei
[gloo-tee-ahy, gloo-tee-ahy] /ˈglu tiˌaɪ, gluˈti aɪ/ (Show IPA).
any of several muscles of the buttocks, especially the gluteus maximus.
Origin of gluteus
1675-85; < New Latin < Greek glout(ós) the rump + Latin -eus adj. suffix Unabridged
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  • As for the gluteus minimus, it is deeply situated, and more or less sharply marked off from the second of the preceding muscles.

  • When it contracts, taking its fixed point at the pelvis, the gluteus medius extends the thigh, which it is also able to abduct.

  • The rod is straight while the body follows the curves of the vertebral column and the gluteus muscles.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
British Dictionary definitions for gluteus


noun (pl) -tei, -taei (-ˈtiːaɪ)
any one of the three large muscles that form the human buttock and move the thigh, esp the gluteus maximus
Derived Forms
gluteal, glutaeal, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin, from Greek gloutos buttock, rump
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Word Origin and History for gluteus

"buttocks muscle," 1680s, from Modern Latin glutaeus, from Greek gloutos "the rump," in plural, "the buttocks."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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gluteus in Medicine

gluteus glu·te·us (glōō'tē-əs, glōō-tē'-)
n. pl. glu·te·i (glōō'tē-ī', glōō-tē'ī')
Any of the three large muscles of each buttock, especially the gluteus maximus, that extend, abduct, and rotate the thigh.

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