[pop-lit-ee-uh s, pop-li-tee-]
- a thin, flat, triangular muscle in back of the knee, the action of which assists in bending the knee and in rotating the leg toward the body.
Origin of popliteus
1695–1705; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin poplit- (stem of poples) knee joint, back of the knee + -eus -eous
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Examples from the Web for popliteus
The tendon of the popliteus muscle is an intra-capsular structure, and is therefore covered with a synovial sheath.
The tendon of the popliteus muscle intervenes between the lateral meniscus and the capsule.
Moreover, the pit for the tendon of the popliteus muscle below the external condyle is unusually deep.Through the Heart of Patagonia
H. Hesketh Prichard
The popliteus arises from the external surface of the external condyle of the femur.Artistic Anatomy of Animals