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biceps

[ bahy-seps ]
/ ˈbaɪ sɛps /
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noun, plural bi·ceps·es [bahy-sep-siz], /ˈbaɪ sɛp sɪz/, bi·ceps.Anatomy.
either of two flexor muscles, one (biceps brachii ) located in the front of the upper arm and assisting in bending the arm, and the other (biceps femoris ) located on the back of the thigh and assisting in bending the leg.

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Origin of biceps

1625–35; <Latin: two-headed, having two parts, equivalent to bi-bi-1 + -ceps (stem -cipit-), combining form of caput head
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British Dictionary definitions for biceps

biceps
/ (ˈbaɪsɛps) /

noun plural -ceps
anatomy any muscle having two heads or origins, esp the muscle that flexes the forearmRelated adjective: bicipital

Word Origin for biceps

C17: from Latin: having two heads, from bi- 1 caput head
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Scientific definitions for biceps

biceps
[ bīsĕps′ ]

Either of two muscles, biceps brachii of the arm or biceps femoris of the leg, each with two points of origin. The biceps of the arm bends the elbow, while the biceps of the leg helps to bend the knee as part of the hamstring.
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