[pop-lit-ee-uhs, pop-li-tee-]
noun, plural poplitei [pop-lit-ee-ahy, pop-li-tee-ahy] . Anatomy.
a thin, flat, triangular muscle in back of the knee, the action of which assists in bending the knee and in rotating the leg toward the body.

1695–1705; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Latin poplit- (stem of poples) knee joint, back of the knee + -eus -eous

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