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[gloo-tee-uh s, gloo-tee-]
noun, plural glu·te·i [gloo-tee-ahy, gloo-tee-ahy] /ˈglu tiˌaɪ, gluˈti aɪ/. Anatomy.
  1. any of several muscles of the buttocks, especially the gluteus maximus.
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Origin of gluteus

1675–85; < New Latin < Greek glout(ós) the rump + Latin -eus adj. suffix
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Examples from the Web for glutei

Historical Examples

  • The deeply set yet flexible spine; the taper form of the limbs; the fulness yet perfect elasticity of the glutei muscles.

    Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia

    Thomas Mitchell

  • The trouble with your generation was that all they wanted to do was sit around on their glutei maximi and be entertained.

    Pagan Passions

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • The chief physiological antagonistics of the glutei are the quadriceps femoris and tensor fascia lata.

    Lameness of the Horse

    John Victor Lacroix

  • It is the thickest of the glutei, and gives to the region which it occupies a rounded form.

British Dictionary definitions for glutei



noun plural -tei or -taei (-ˈtiːaɪ)
  1. any one of the three large muscles that form the human buttock and move the thigh, esp the gluteus maximus
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Derived Formsgluteal or glutaeal, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from New Latin, from Greek gloutos buttock, rump
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Word Origin and History for glutei



"buttocks muscle," 1680s, from Modern Latin glutaeus, from Greek gloutos "the rump," in plural, "the buttocks."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

glutei in Medicine


(glōōtē-əs, glōō-tē-)
n. pl. glu•te•i (glōōtē-ī′, glōō-tēī′)
  1. Any of the three large muscles of each buttock, especially the gluteus maximus, that extend, abduct, and rotate the thigh.
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