[ stee-at-uh-pahy-jee-uh, stee-uh-tuh- ]
/ stiˌæt əˈpaɪ dʒi ə, ˌsti ə tə- /


extreme accumulation of fat on and about the buttocks, especially of women.

Nearby words

  1. steato-,
  2. steatocystoma,
  3. steatocystoma multiplex,
  4. steatolysis,
  5. steatonecrosis,
  6. steatorrhea,
  7. steatorrhoea,
  8. steatosis,
  9. stech,
  10. stechhelm

Origin of steatopygia

1855–60; steato- + Greek pȳg(ḗ) buttocks + -ia -ia

Related formsste·at·o·pyg·ic [stee-at-uh-pij-ik, stee-uh-tuh‐] /stiˌæt əˈpɪdʒ ɪk, ˌsti ə tə‐/, ste·at·o·py·gous [stee-at-uh-pahy-guh s, stee-uh-top-uh-guh s, stee-uh-tuh-pahy‐] /stiˌæt əˈpaɪ gəs, ˌsti əˈtɒp ə gəs, ˌsti ə təˈpaɪ‐/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for steatopygous


steatopyga (ˌstɪətəʊˈpaɪɡə)

/ (ˌstɪətəʊˈpɪdʒɪə, -ˈpaɪ-) /


excessive fatness of the buttocks
Derived Formssteatopygic (ˌstɪətəʊˈpɪdʒɪk) or steatopygous (ˌstɪəˈtɒpɪɡəs), adjective

Word Origin for steatopygia

C19: from New Latin, from steato- + Greek pugē the buttocks

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Word Origin and History for steatopygous



"abnormal accumulation of fat on the buttocks of certain races," 1822, Modern Latin, from steato- "fat, tallow," from Greek stear (genitive steatos) "solid fat, suet" (see stone (n.)) + Greek pyge "buttocks."

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Medicine definitions for steatopygous


[ stē-ăt′ə-pĭjē-ə, -pījē-ə ]


Excessive accumulation of fat on the buttocks.
Related formsste′a•to•pygic (-pĭjĭk, -pījĭk) null adj.

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