quadriceps

[ kwod-ruh-seps ]
/ ˈkwɒd rəˌsɛps /

noun, plural quad·ri·ceps·es [kwod-ruh-sep-siz], /ˈkwɒd rəˌsɛp sɪz/, quad·ri·ceps.Anatomy.

a large muscle in front of the thigh, the action of which extends the leg or bends the hip joint.

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Origin of quadriceps

1830–40; <New Latin, equivalent to quadri-quadri- + -ceps;see biceps

OTHER WORDS FROM quadriceps

quad·ri·cip·i·tal [kwod-ruh-sip-i-tl], /ˌkwɒd rəˈsɪp ɪ tl/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for quadriceps

quadriceps
/ (ˈkwɒdrɪˌsɛps) /

noun plural -cepses (-ˌsɛpsɪz) or -ceps

anatomy a large four-part muscle of the front of the thigh, which extends the leg

Derived forms of quadriceps

quadricipital (ˌkwɒdrɪˈsɪpɪtəl), adjective

Word Origin for quadriceps

C19: New Latin, from quadri- + -ceps as in biceps
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Medical definitions for quadriceps

quadriceps
[ kwŏdrĭ-sĕps′ ]

n.

The large four-part extensor muscle at the front of the thigh.

adj.

Having four heads, said of certain muscles.
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Scientific definitions for quadriceps

quadriceps
[ kwŏdrĭ-sĕps′ ]

The large, four-part muscle at the front of the thigh that arises in the hip and pelvis and inserts as a strong tendon below the kneecap (patella). The quadriceps straightens and helps stabilize the knee.
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