gastrocnemius

noun
gas·​troc·​ne·​mi·​us | \ ˌga-(ˌ)sträk-ˈnē-mē-əs How to pronounce gastrocnemius (audio) , -strək- \
plural gastrocnemii\ ˌga-​(ˌ)sträk-​ˈnē-​mē-​ˌī How to pronounce gastrocnemius (audio) , -​strək-​ \

Definition of gastrocnemius

: the largest and most superficial muscle of the calf of the leg arising by two heads from the condyles of the femur and attaching to a tendon that becomes part of the Achilles tendon

First Known Use of gastrocnemius

1676, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gastrocnemius

New Latin, from Greek gastroknēmē calf of the leg, from gastr- + knēmē shank — more at ham

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“Gastrocnemius.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gastrocnemius. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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gastrocnemius

noun
gas·​troc·​ne·​mi·​us | \ ˌgas-(ˌ)träk-ˈnē-mē-əs, -trək- How to pronounce gastrocnemius (audio) \
plural gastrocnemii\ -​mē-​ˌī How to pronounce gastrocnemius (audio) \

Medical Definition of gastrocnemius

: the largest and most superficial muscle of the calf of the leg that arises by two heads from the condyles of the femur and has its tendon of insertion incorporated as part of the Achilles tendon

called also gastrocnemius muscle

Other Words from gastrocnemius

gastrocnemial \ -​mē-​əl How to pronounce gastrocnemius (audio) \ adjective

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