Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

gastrocnemius

play
noun gas·troc·ne·mi·us \ˌgas-(ˌ)träk-ˈnē-mē-əs, -trək-\

Definition of gastrocnemius

plural gastrocnemiiplay \-mē-ˌī\

  1. :  the largest and most superficial muscle of the calf of the leg arising by two heads from the condyles of the femur and attaching to a tendon that becomes part of the Achilles tendon



Origin of gastrocnemius

New Latin, from Greek gastroknēmē calf of the leg, from gastr- + knēmē shank — more at ham


First Known Use: 1676


Medical Dictionary

gastrocnemius

play
noun gas·troc·ne·mi·us \ˌgas-(ˌ)träk-ˈnē-mē-əs, -trək-\

Medical Definition of gastrocnemius

plural gastrocnemii \-mē-ˌī\play

  1. :  the largest and most superficial muscle of the calf of the leg that arises by two heads from the condyles of the femur and has its tendon of insertion incorporated as part of the Achilles tendon—called also

gastrocnemial \-mē-əl\play adjective


Illustration of gastrocnemius


Learn More about gastrocnemius

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "gastrocnemius"


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up gastrocnemius? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to defraud especially of money

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

oily angry maudlin prompt
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ