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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Examples of biceps in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each muscle in your torso is activated here to stabilize the body, as well as the biceps. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Cdn, Nasm-cpt, Good Housekeeping, 13 May 2022 What’s more, each muscle, like the biceps in the upper arm, has several layers of connective tissue. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 17 Feb. 2022 Gone is the promise to bolster the biceps, to perfect the pottery-making, hone those sourdough skills or write the next great American novel. Allison Hope, CNN, 16 Jan. 2022 Why: Chin-ups work the biceps and lats and help improve grip strength. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 15 Jan. 2022 Phillips tore the biceps in joint practices against the Giants in August, and underwent surgery soon thereafter. cleveland, 28 Nov. 2021 The biceps injury that sidelined him in the NLCS will keep him out until at least April, so his future is murky. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 Body chains adorned bare midriffs and were threaded through cutouts and under corsets, while arm bands drew attention to the biceps. Vogue, 15 Oct. 2021 Louis Garneau Cycling Arm Warmers: available at Dick's Sporting Goods Silicone gripping placed at the biceps keeps these unisex arm warmers in place while the flatlock seams prevent irritation. Melissa Nott, chicagotribune.com, 17 Apr. 2021 See More

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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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“Biceps.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biceps. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for biceps

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 or bicep \ ˈbī-​ˌsep How to pronounce biceps (audio) \ or biceps brachii \ -​ˈbrā-​kē-​ˌē, -​ˌī How to pronounce biceps (audio) \
also 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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