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[soh-uh s] /ˈsoʊ əs/
noun, plural psoai
[soh-ahy] /ˈsoʊ aɪ/ (Show IPA),
[soh-ee] /ˈsoʊ i/ (Show IPA).
either of two muscles, one on each side of the loin, extending internally from the sides of the spinal column to the upper end of the femur, which assist in flexing and rotating the thigh and flexing the trunk on the pelvis.
Origin of psoas
1675-85; < New Latin < Greek psóās, accusative plural (taken as nominative singular) of psóa a muscle of the loins
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[soh-at-ik] /soʊˈæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
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either of two muscles of the loins that aid in flexing and rotating the thigh
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin, from Greek psoai (pl)
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Word Origin and History for psoas

1680s, from Greek psoa (plural psoai) "muscles of the loins." Related: Psoitis.

Gk. [psoas], the gen. of the feminine noun [psoa], was mistaken by the French anatomist Jean Riolan (1577-1657) for the nom. of a (nonexistent) masculine noun. It was he who introduced this erroneous form into anatomy." [Klein]

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