[truh-pee-zee-uh s]
noun, plural tra·pe·zi·us·es. Anatomy.
  1. a broad, flat muscle on each side of the upper and back part of the neck, shoulders, and back, the action of which raises, or rotates, or draws back the shoulders, and pulls the head backward or to one side.

Origin of trapezius

1685–95; < New Latin, short for trapezius musculus trapeziform muscle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -uses
  1. either of two flat triangular muscles, one covering each side of the back and shoulders, that rotate the shoulder blades

Word Origin for trapezius

C18: from New Latin trapezius (musculus) trapezium-shaped (muscle)
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Word Origin and History for trapezius

1704, from Modern Latin trapezius (musculus), masc. adjective from trapezium (see trapezium).

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