biceps

noun

bi·​ceps ˈbī-ˌseps How to pronounce biceps (audio)
plural biceps also bicepses
: a muscle having two heads: such as
a
or bicep or biceps brachii
ˈbī-ˌseps-ˈbrā-kē-ˌī How to pronounce biceps (audio)
ˈbī-ˌseps-ˈbrā-kē-ˌē
: the large flexor muscle of the front of the upper arm
Despite a torn left biceps, Holmes used his jab, one of the best in heavyweight history, to win four of the first five rounds.Jack McCallum
… they hold a dumbbell in each hand and do lateral raises with one arm while performing bicep curls with the other.Chloe Busch
The biceps brachii, the rounded muscles that are easily identifiable, consists of a long and short head.Eric Sternlicht
b
usually biceps femoris : the large flexor muscle of the back of the upper leg
Doctors had found a malignant tumor in her right biceps femoris muscle. … She had surgery at the end of February to have the growth and part of her hamstring muscle removed …Kelyn Soong

Examples of biceps in a Sentence

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin bicipit-, biceps, from Latin, two-headed, from bi- + capit-, caput head — more at head

First Known Use

circa 1641, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of biceps was circa 1641

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Kids Definition

biceps

noun
bi·​ceps ˈbī-ˌseps How to pronounce biceps (audio)
plural biceps
: a muscle having the end at which it begins divided into two parts
especially : a large muscle of the front of the upper arm

Medical Definition

biceps

noun
bi·​ceps ˈbī-ˌseps How to pronounce biceps (audio)
plural biceps also bicepses
: a muscle having two heads: as
a or bicep or biceps brachii
also biceps flexor cubiti : the large flexor muscle of the front of the upper arm arising by its short head from the coracoid process and by its long head from the upper margin of the glenoid cavity and being inserted into the tuberosity of the radius
b
or biceps femoris also biceps flexor cruris : the large flexor muscle of the back of the upper leg that arises by its long head from the tuberosity of the ischium and by its short head from the shaft of the femur, that is inserted into the head of the fibula, its tendon forming the outer hamstring, and that flexes the leg on the thigh and extends the thigh on the trunk

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