biceps

noun bi·ceps \ ˈbī-ˌseps \
|Updated on: 22 Jun 2018

Definition of biceps

plural biceps also bicepses
: a muscle having two heads: such as
a or bicep play \ˈbī-ˌsep\ or biceps brachii play \ˈbī-ˌseps-ˈbrā-kē-ˌī, 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 play \ˈbī-ˌseps-ˈfe-mə-rəs\ : 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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Origin and Etymology of biceps

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


BICEPS Defined for English Language Learners

biceps

Definition of biceps for English Language Learners

  • : a large muscle at the front of the upper arm


BICEPS Defined for Kids

biceps

noun bi·ceps \ ˈbī-ˌseps \

Definition of biceps for Students

plural biceps also bicepses
: a large muscle of the front of the upper arm

Medical Dictionary

biceps

noun bi·ceps \ ˈbī-ˌseps \

medical Definition of biceps

plural biceps also bicepses
: a muscle having two heads: as
a also biceps brachii play \-ˈbrā-kē-ˌē, -ˌī\
or biceps flexor cubiti play \-ˈflek-ˌsȯr-ˈkyü-bə-ˌtī, -bət-ē\ : 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 play \-ˈfē-mə-rəs, -ˈfem-ə-\ 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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