[ soh-lee-uh s ]
/ ˈsoʊ li əs /

noun, plural so·le·i [soh-lee-ahy] /ˈsoʊ liˌaɪ/, so·le·us·es.

a muscle in the calf of the leg, behind the gastrocnemius muscle, that helps extend the foot forward.

Origin of soleus

1670–80; < New Latin, masculine derivative of Latin solea sandal; see sole2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for soleus

  • Professor Pancoast divides the inferior portion of the soleus muscle instead of the tendo Achillis.

  • Then she raised one of them, and her fingers explored the common tendon of the soleus and gastrocnemius.

    Gray youth|Oliver Onions
  • On the back of the leg the most important muscles, forming what is known as the calf, are the gastrocnemius and the soleus.

    A Practical Physiology|Albert F. Blaisdell
  • Here the artery is separated from the inner border of the tibia, by the flexor longus digitorum, and is covered by the soleus.