Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A muscle that when contracted acts to bend a joint or limb in the body.

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  • n. A muscle whose contraction acts to bend a joint or limb.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A muscle which bends or flexes any part; ; -- opposed to extensor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anatomy, a muscle whose function is to bend or produce flexion: opposed to extensor. See flection, 5. Also, improperly, flector.
  • n. A short muscle of the palm of the hand, bending the little finger.
  • n. A short muscle of the palm of the hand, bending the thumb. See cut under muscle.
  • n. A deep-seated muscle of the back of the leg, flexing the great toe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a skeletal muscle whose contraction bends a joint

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin, from Latin flexus, past participle of flectere, to bend.

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From New Latin flexor, agent noun of flectō ("I bend")

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