deltoid

[ del-toid ]
/ ˈdɛl tɔɪd /

noun

Anatomy. a large, triangular muscle covering the joint of the shoulder, the action of which raises the arm away from the side of the body.

adjective

Anatomy. pertaining to or involving the deltoid.
Also deltoidal. in the shape of a Greek capital delta (Δ); triangular.

Nearby words

  1. delta wing,
  2. delta-aminolevulinic acid,
  3. deltaic,
  4. deltiological,
  5. deltiology,
  6. deltoid ligament,
  7. deltoid muscle,
  8. deltoidal,
  9. delts,
  10. delubrum

Origin of deltoid

1675–85; < Greek deltoeidḗs delta-shaped, equivalent to délt(a) delta + -oeidēs -oid

Related formssub·del·toid, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for deltoid

deltoid

/ (ˈdɛltɔɪd) /

noun

the thick muscle forming the rounded contour of the outer edge of the shoulder and acting to raise the arm

adjective

shaped like a Greek capital delta, Δ; triangular

Word Origin for deltoid

C18: from Greek deltoeidēs triangular, from delta

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Word Origin and History for deltoid

deltoid

adj.

1741, in deltoid muscle, so called for its shape, from Greek deltoeides "triangular," literally "shaped like the letter delta;" see delta + -oid.

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Medicine definitions for deltoid

deltoid

[ dĕltoid′ ]

adj.

Of or relating to the deltoid muscle.
Triangular in shape or outline.

n.

The deltoid muscle.

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