American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The large four-part extensor muscle at the front of the thigh.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anatomy, the quadriceps extensor cruris of the thigh; the great muscle which extends the leg upon the thigh, considered as consisting of the rectus, cruræus, and vastus internus and externus. Called
triceps extensor cruriswhen the cruræus is regarded as a part of the vastus internus, or when the rectus is separately enumerated. This great muscle forms nearly all the flesh upon the front of the thigh. See cuts under muscle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Anat.) The great extensor muscle of the knee, divided above into four parts which unite in a single tendon at the knee.
- n. a muscle of the thigh that extends the leg
- Latin quattuor, four, + caput, head (Wiktionary)
- quadri- + (bi)ceps. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The quadriceps is the big muscle in the front of your thigh.”
“The quadriceps is the big muscle in the front of your thigh that is responsible for lifting your body up and lowering it down.”
“When you bend over at the waist, your psoas is disengaged and you have to lift the weight of your leg with your quadriceps, which is more work.”
“Severe weakness of the quadriceps is a defining feature of several neuromuscular disorders.”
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“Double steps increase the load on your quadriceps and glutes, effortlessly toning up your thighs and butt for the big day.”
“RF Brad Hawpe (strained left quadriceps) went on the 15-day disabled list April 25.”
“SS Troy Tulowitzki (strained right quadriceps) left the May 9 game and didn't play May 10.”
“SS Troy Tulowitzki, who left Sunday's game with a strained right quadriceps, underwent an MRI, and, manager Jim Tracy said, will avoid the disabled list.”
“RF Brad Hawpe was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and was in the lineup after missing 13 games due to a strained left quadriceps.”
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