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 That's a job for some strong biceps and even stronger willpower. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "This Mini Grout Scrubber Is Like an Electric Toothbrush, But For Your Home's Dirtiest Nooks and Crannies," 31 Mar. 2021 With his fists clenched and biceps flexed, Keldon Johnson let out a scream loud enough after an early first-half basket to shake the foundations of houses all the way to Pittsburgh. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Keldon Johnson gives Spurs something to shout about with Duncan-esque performance," 20 Mar. 2021 Then there are these: Big Mo Ismael just shattered the Guiness world record with his impossible 31-inch biceps, and he was touted around London to promote the release of Guiness’ latest book of records. Andrew E. Kramer, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Your personality deforms’: Navalny sent to notoriously harsh prison," 2 Mar. 2021 In his prime, Arnold Schwarzenneger’s biceps were 22-inches. Andrew E. Kramer, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Your personality deforms’: Navalny sent to notoriously harsh prison," 2 Mar. 2021 Dinelson had some biceps tightness last season and should be monitored closely. Bernie Pleskoff, Forbes, "Analysis And Preview Of The MLB National League West Division," 1 Mar. 2021 Both were left off the first-round roster, Lamet with biceps tightness and Clevinger with an elbow impingement. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "MLB playoffs live stream (10/6): How to watch Division Series games online, TV, time," 6 Oct. 2020 But when Bailey’s biceps was still sore, the Twins chose to give him an extra week of rest. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Cautious Twins put pitcher Homer Bailey on injured list," 3 Aug. 2020 Scherff remains out with a right knee injury, and defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis is out for the season with a torn biceps tendon. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Rams vs. Washington live stream (10/11): How to watch NFL Week 5 online, TV, time," 11 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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biceps

noun

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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