[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.

Origin of gluteus

1675–85; < New Latin < Greek glout(ós) the rump + Latin -eus adj. suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of gluteus

Historical Examples of gluteus

  • When it contracts, taking its fixed point at the pelvis, the gluteus medius extends the thigh, which it is also able to abduct.

  • As for the gluteus minimus, it is deeply situated, and more or less sharply marked off from the second of the preceding muscles.

  • The rod is straight while the body follows the curves of the vertebral column and the gluteus muscles.

    Pedagogical Anthropology

    Maria Montessori

British Dictionary definitions for gluteus



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
Derived Formsgluteal or glutaeal, adjective

Word Origin for gluteus

C17: from New Latin, from Greek gloutos buttock, rump
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for gluteus

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

gluteus 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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