trapezius

trapezius

[truh-pee-zee-uhs]
noun, plural trapeziuses. Anatomy.
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:
1685–95; < Neo-Latin, short for trapezius musculus trapeziform muscle

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trapezius (trəˈpiːzɪəs)
 
n , pl -uses
either of two flat triangular muscles, one covering each side of the back and shoulders, that rotate the shoulder blades
 
[C18: from New Latin trapezius (musculus) trapezium-shaped (muscle)]

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