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 bicep (audio) \ or biceps brachii \ ˈbī-​ˌseps-​ˈbrā-​kē-​ˌī How to pronounce biceps brachii (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 femoris (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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Bentley was signaling the start of his second season in the same place where his promising rookie campaign ended in Week 3 because of a torn biceps. Jim Mcbride, BostonGlobe.com, "Patriots’ Ja’Whaun Bentley looks ready to contribute," 11 Aug. 2019 Fountain suffered a dislocated and fractured left ankle in the second joint practice with Cleveland last Thursday, and Foreman suffered a torn biceps in Saturday's preseason loss to the Browns, according to a source. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts bring in another former Chiefs running back to replace an injured D'Onta Foreman," 19 Aug. 2019 May is slated to get at least one more start in five days thanks to Ross Stripling’s recent setback in his recovery from neck and biceps injuries. Los Angeles Times, "Russell Martin’s walk-off, two-run single lifts Dustin May and Dodgers," 7 Aug. 2019 Signed by Washington because of injuries on the offensive line, Cooper started Weeks 10 through 13 before being lost to a torn biceps. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Raiders sign guard Jonathan Cooper," 15 July 2019 Reliever Robert Stock was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right biceps strain. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Recognition will come with wins; Cordero, Castillo updates; Hosmer stays second; Wisler traded again," 5 July 2019 Expectations of Eovaldi’s return in early June to the rotation proved at least a month too optimistic because of a biceps strain suffered during his rehab. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Nate Eovaldi may be best bet for desperate Red Sox bullpen," 3 July 2019 Captain America: The First Avenger' (2011) Marvel nailed the origin story of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), the little guy whose heart was bigger than his biceps until a super-soldier serum pumped him up. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Every Marvel superhero movie, definitively ranked (including 'Spider-Man: Far From Home')," 30 June 2019 But it was canceled because Usyk sustained a biceps injury. Norm Frauenheim, latimes.com, "Could Tyson Fury be the next dominant force in heavyweight boxing?," 16 June 2019

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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 brachii (audio) \

or biceps flexor cubiti \ -​ˈflek-​ˌsȯr-​ˈkyü-​bə-​ˌtī, -​bət-​ē How to pronounce biceps flexor cubiti (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 femoris (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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