- 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.
Origin of biceps
- a biceps muscle, especially the one at the front of the upper arm.
Origin of bicep
Related Words for bicepsrod, wing, branch, handle, stump, projection, bough, bow, member, hook, bender, offshoot, fin, prong, flapper, biceps, triceps, flipper
Examples from the Web for biceps
Contemporary Examples of biceps
“Arm wrestling is more heart than biceps,” one of the featured athletes says.This Arm Wrestling Reality Show Will Make You Beg for Mercy
February 25, 2014
I got him down to the ground, took off his belt, and cinched it tightly around his biceps to stop the bleeding.Send Bin Laden the Bill: Dakota Meyer on His Return From Afghanistan
September 29, 2012
How did you react when the leader of the free world complimented your biceps?
He gave me a big high five, and started talking about my biceps and muscles.
Jake Gyllenhaal and his biceps could make the leap to macho this year with Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.Hollywood's New Macho Man
April 1, 2010
Historical Examples of biceps
The sound seems to proceed from the muscles of the fore-arm and from the biceps muscle.
If the biceps is in proportion, Bandsman Blake should tremble.
His own knife clattered to the deck as blood oozed from his biceps.My Shipmate--Columbus
Tom was talked about: biceps like thighs, now: a hornpipe danced on the hands.The Bill-Toppers
And this recalled what the foreman had said about his biceps.The Flaw in the Sapphire
Charles M. Snyder
- anatomy any muscle having two heads or origins, esp the muscle that flexes the forearmRelated adjective: bicipital
Word Origin for biceps
Word Origin and History for biceps
1630s (adj.), from Latin biceps "having two parts," literally "two-headed," from bis "double" (see bis-) + -ceps comb. form of caput "head" (see capitulum). As a noun meaning "biceps muscle," from 1640s, so called for its structure. Despite the -s, it is singular, and classicists insist there is no such word as bicep.
false singular of biceps (q.v.).
- A muscle with two heads or points of origin.
- The biceps brachii.
- The biceps femoris.
- 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.