quadriceps

[kwod-ruh-seps]
noun, plural quadricepses [kwod-ruh-sep-siz] , quadriceps. Anatomy.
a large muscle in front of the thigh, the action of which extends the leg or bends the hip joint.

Origin:
1830–40; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to quadri- quadri- + -ceps; see biceps

quadricipital [kwod-ruh-sip-i-tl] , adjective
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quadriceps (ˈkwɒdrɪˌsɛps)
 
n , pl -cepses, -ceps
anatomy a large four-part muscle of the front of the thigh, which extends the leg
 
[C19: New Latin, from quadri- + -ceps as in biceps]
 
quadricipital
 
adj

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quadriceps quad·ri·ceps (kwŏd'rĭ-sěps')
n.
The large four-part extensor muscle at the front of the thigh. adj.
Having four heads, said of certain muscles.

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quadriceps   (kwŏd'rĭ-sěps')  Pronunciation Key 
The large, four-part muscle at the front of the thigh that arises in the hip and pelvis and inserts as a strong tendon below the kneecap (patella). The quadriceps straightens and helps stabilize the knee.
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Example sentences
He grabs my hand and puts it on one of his immense quadriceps.
One randomly selected group stretched their quadriceps, hamstrings and calves for three to five minutes before running.
The quadriceps muscle is an important muscle for running, jumping, and climbing.
Physical therapy, especially quadriceps strengthening and hamstring stretching, may be helpful.
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