Simple Definition of quadriceps
: a large muscle at the front of your upper leg
Full Definition of quadriceps
plural quadriceps also quadriceps·es
: the greater extensor muscle of the front of the thigh that is divided into four parts
Examples of quadriceps
He felt a pain in his right quadriceps.
Origin of quadriceps
New Latin quadricipit-, quadriceps, from quadri- + -cipit-, -ceps (as in bicipit-, biceps biceps)
First Known Use: 1840
Medical Definition of quadriceps
: a large extensor muscle of the front of the thigh divided above into four parts which include the rectus femoris, vastus lateralis, vastus intermedius, and vastus medialis, and which unite in a single tendon to enclose the patella as a sesamoid bone at the knee and insert as the patellar ligament into the tuberosity of the tibia—called also quadriceps femoris, quadriceps muscle
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