American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The largest, most prominent muscle of the calf of the leg, the action of which extends the foot and bends the knee.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A superficial muscle of the posterior tibial region, arising from the femur and inserted into the tarsus, the action of which extends the foot upon the leg, and flexes the leg upon the thigh: so called from its character in man, in whom it forms, together with the soleus, the protuberant or “bellying” part of the calf of the leg. In man the gastrocnemius arises by two heads, inner and outer, from the corresponding condyles of the femur, is joined by the soleus, and then forms a very stout tendon, the tendo Achillis, which is inserted into the tuberosity of the os calcis or heel-bone. (See cut under
muscle.) In animals in which there is no soleus the two heads of the gastrocnemius often form two muscles, distinct in their whole length, with separate Achillean tendons.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Anat.) The muscle which makes the greater part of the calf of the leg.
- n. the muscle in the back part of the leg that forms the greater part of the calf; responsible for the plantar flexion of the foot
- New Latin gastrocnēmius, from Greek gastroknēmiā, calf of the leg : gastro-, belly (from its belly-like shape); see gastro- + knēmē, leg. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Compared with a control group of women who usually wore flat shoes, the stiletto wearers 'Achilles tendons were about 20% stiffer, and the fibers of the gastrocnemius muscle in their calves were about 12% shorter.”
“Works upper and lower legs quadriceps, hamstrings, gastrocnemius”
“The symptoms of "tennis leg" most commonly results from an acute rupture of the Achilles tendon and less frequently, by a tear in one of the calf muscles, the gastrocnemius muscle, or the plantaris tendon.”
“The other major muscle group in the leg is the gastrocnemius, the big calf muscle.”
“Together, the quadriceps, hamstrings, and gastrocnemius form the big-muscle trio that surrounds and supports your knee.”
“Example is when the gastrocnemius (calf) muscle raises the weight of the body on the toes.”
“And whether he would have ever escaped out of the town, it is hard to say, if the dog had not taken it into his head that they were going to pull his master in pieces, and tackled them so sharply about the gastrocnemius muscle, that he gave them some business of their own to think of at last; and while they were rubbing their bitten calves, Tom and the dog got safe away.”
“Then we do spinal reflexes - biceps tendon, triceps tendon, crossed extensor reflex, extensor carpi radialis, withdrawl reflex, patellar tendon, gastrocnemius, cranial tibial, and sciatic reflexes.”
“Cross-section from the gastrocnemius muscle of the horse.”
“It still is so when the afferent nerve chosen is homogeneous in the sense that it is a purely muscular afferent, e.g. the afferent from one head of the gastrocnemius muscle.”
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