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[gloo-tee-uh l, gloo-tee-uh l]
adjective Anatomy.
  1. pertaining to the buttock muscles or the buttocks.
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Origin of gluteal

First recorded in 1795–1805; glute(us) + -al1
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Examples from the Web for gluteal

Historical Examples

  • The old operation, or ligature of the gluteal artery in the hip.

    A Manual of the Operations of Surgery

    Joseph Bell

  • They have specialized tissue in the gluteal area for storing water.

    Planet of the Damned

    Harry Harrison

  • The injections were made into the lumbar or into the gluteal muscles.

  • In this series the caffein was injected into the gluteal muscles.

  • The prominence formed by the gluteal muscles of either side.

Word Origin and History for gluteal


by 1804, from gluteus + -al (1).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

gluteal in Medicine


(glōōtē-əl, glōō-tē-)
  1. Of or relating to the buttocks.
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