biceps femoris

biceps femoris

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1855–60; < Neo-Latin: literally, biceps of (the) femur Unabridged


noun, plural bicepses [bahy-sep-siz] , biceps. Anatomy.
either of two flexor muscles, one (biceps brachii) located in the front of the upper arm and assisting in bending the arm, and the other (biceps femoris) located on the back of the thigh and assisting in bending the leg.

1625–35; < Latin: two-headed, having two parts, equivalent to bi- bi-1 + -ceps (stem -cipit-), combining form of caput head Unabridged
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biceps (ˈbaɪsɛps)
n , pl -ceps
anatomy any muscle having two heads or origins, esp the muscle that flexes the forearmRelated: bicipital
Related: bicipital
[C17: from Latin: having two heads, from bi-1caput head]

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1630s, from L. biceps "having two parts," lit. "two-headed," from bis "double" + -ceps comb. form of caput "head" (see head). Despite the -s it is singular, and there is no such word as bicep.
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biceps bi·ceps (bī'sěps')
n. pl. biceps or bi·ceps·es (-sěp'sĭz)

  1. A muscle with two heads or points of origin.

  2. The large muscle at the front of the upper arm that flexes the forearm.

  3. The large muscle at the back of the thigh that flexes the knee joint.

bi·cip'i·tal (-sĭp'ĭ-tl) adj.
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Either of two muscles, biceps brachii of the arm or biceps femoris of the leg, each with two points of origin. The biceps of the arm bends the elbow, while the biceps of the leg helps to bend the knee as part of the hamstring.
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