biceps

noun
bi·​ceps | \ ˈbī-ˌseps How to pronounce biceps (audio) \
plural biceps also bicepses

Definition of biceps

: a muscle having two heads: such as
a or bicep \ ˈbī-​ˌsep How to pronounce biceps (audio) \ 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 \ ˈbī-​ˌseps-​ˈfe-​mə-​rəs How to pronounce biceps (audio) \ : 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Think of squats with an overhead press or lunges with a rotation and compare that to, say, triceps presses or biceps curls, which work muscles in isolation. Amy Eisinger, M.a., SELF, "How to Do a Deadlift Correctly," 4 Jan. 2021 Take, for instance, the iconic poster of a woman wearing a red-and-white polka dot bandanna, flexing her biceps. Kellie B. Gormly, Smithsonian Magazine, "Rosie the Riveter Gets Her Due 75 Years After the End of World War II," 8 Dec. 2020 Veteran Scott Quessenberry finished the game against the Jaguars after Groy hurt his biceps and figures to start Sunday. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Chargers avoid major COVID-19 disruption as they prepare for Broncos," 30 Oct. 2020 As recently as two years ago, Mr. Nygard plastered his image on billboards around Winnipeg — wearing a tight shirt that revealed glistening biceps and flowing hair. New York Times, "Fashion Mogul Peter Nygard Indicted on Sex-Trafficking Charges," 15 Dec. 2020 He was limited to 12 starts in 2017 because of left biceps bursitis and left shoulder inflammation. Lamond Pope, chicagotribune.com, "The Chicago White Sox decline to tender contracts to pitcher Carlos Rodon and right fielder Nomar Mazara," 2 Dec. 2020 Cody Garbrandt was supposed to move down 10 pounds to fight Figueiredo at UFC 255, but Garbrandt tore his biceps muscle last month. oregonlive, "How to watch UFC 255 live stream on ESPN Plus: Fight card, results, odds, date and time, PPV cost, Figueiredo vs Perez (11/21/2020)," 21 Nov. 2020 Today, Macdonald has enviable biceps and nearly a million followers. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Train With Joan, the 74-Year-Old Fitness Influencer, Is Having a Moment," 11 Nov. 2020 That includes elite pass rusher Chandler Jones being lost for the season due to torn biceps. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks picks, predictions: Who wins Week 7 NFL game?," 21 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of biceps

circa 1641, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for biceps

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

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The first known use of biceps was circa 1641

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“Biceps.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biceps. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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biceps

noun
How to pronounce biceps (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of biceps

: a large muscle at the front of the upper arm

biceps

noun
bi·​ceps | \ ˈbī-ˌseps How to pronounce biceps (audio) \
plural biceps also bicepses

Kids Definition of biceps

: a large muscle of the front of the upper arm

biceps

noun
bi·​ceps | \ ˈbī-ˌseps How to pronounce biceps (audio) \
plural biceps also bicepses

Medical Definition of biceps

: a muscle having two heads: as
a also biceps brachii \ -​ˈbrā-​kē-​ˌē, -​ˌī How to pronounce biceps (audio) \
or biceps flexor cubiti \ -​ˈflek-​ˌsȯr-​ˈkyü-​bə-​ˌtī, -​bət-​ē How to pronounce biceps (audio) \ : 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 \ -​ˈfē-​mə-​rəs, -​ˈfem-​ə-​ How to pronounce biceps (audio) \ 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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