Definition of gastrocnemius
plural gastrocnemiiplay \-mē-ˌī\
: 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 Definition of gastrocnemius
plural gastrocnemii \-mē-ˌī\play
: 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 gastrocnemius muscle
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