[sahr-tawr-ee-uh s, -tohr-]

noun, plural sar·to·ri·i [sahr-tawr-ee-ahy, -tohr-] /sɑrˈtɔr iˌaɪ, -ˈtoʊr-/. Anatomy.

a long, flat, narrow muscle extending obliquely from the front of the hip to the inner side of the tibia, assisting in bending the hip or knee joint and in rotating the thigh outward: the longest muscle in humans.

Origin of sartorius

1695–1705; < New Latin sartōrius, adj. derivative of Late Latin sartor tailor; see -tory1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of sartorius

  • This was occupied by Sartorius with 600 blacks, the remainder returning into camp.

  • So our Sartorius, from general of an army, thus became a Genoese banker.

    Voltaire's Romances

    Franois-Marie Arouet

  • The famous tailor-bird (Orthotomus sartorius) is the best known of the warblers distinguished on account of architectural skill.

  • In the ox and the horse the sartorius is still more definitely situated on the internal surface of the thigh.

  • The sartorius is one of the fleshy landmarks of the thigh, as the biceps is of the arm, and the sterno-cleido-mastoid of the neck.

    A Practical Physiology

    Albert F. Blaisdell

British Dictionary definitions for sartorius


noun plural -torii (-ˈtɔːrɪˌaɪ)

anatomy a long ribbon-shaped muscle that aids in flexing the knee

Word Origin for sartorius

C18: New Latin, from sartorius musculus, literally: tailor's muscle, because it is used when one sits in the cross-legged position in which tailors traditionally sat while sewing
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