gastrocnemius

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noun gas·troc·ne·mi·us \ˌga-(ˌ)sträk-ˈnē-mē-əs, -strək-\

Definition of gastrocnemius

plural

gastrocnemii

play \ˌga-(ˌ)sträk-ˈnē-mē-ˌī, -strək-\
  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of gastrocnemius

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


First Known Use: 1676


Medical Dictionary

gastrocnemius

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noun gas·troc·ne·mi·us \ˌgas-(ˌ)träk-ˈnē-mē-əs, -trək-\

Medical Definition of gastrocnemius

plural

gastrocnemii

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  1. :  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

gastrocnemial

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Illustration of gastrocnemius


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