a quadriceps muscle.

Nearby words

  1. quadribasic,
  2. quadric,
  3. quadric surface,
  4. quadricentenary,
  5. quadricentennial,
  6. quadriceps,
  7. quadriceps muscle of thigh,
  8. quadriceps reflex,
  9. quadricycle,
  10. quadriennial

Origin of quadricep

First recorded in 1990–95

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Word Origin and History for quadricep



large extensor muscle of the leg, 1840, from quadri- on model of bicep. Related: Quadriceps. So called because divided into four parts.

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