glu·​te·​al ˈglü-tē-əl How to pronounce gluteal (audio) glü-ˈtē- How to pronounce gluteal (audio)
: of or relating to the gluteus muscles

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web She was shot in her gluteal area, while another victim was shot in the arm and the third was injured in both of her feet. Dallas News, 9 Aug. 2022 As to the discovery of this novel gene, a Swedish patient of Indian origin returned to Sweden following a trip to New Delhi after which he had been hospitalized with a large gluteal abscess. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 20 Mar. 2011 The gluteal muscles form the buttocks area and assist with everyday activities. Melanie Radzicki Mcmanus, CNN, 16 Dec. 2022 People who don’t mount much of a response to vaccines can sign up for a pair of injections—one into each gluteal muscle—and expect to have their defenses buoyed for a good six months. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 29 Oct. 2022 The main goal of the Brazilian butt lift, also known as gluteal fat grafting to professionals, is to enhance your buttocks and its shape, as well as its size. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 12 Oct. 2022 Healthy individuals at low risk of imminent rupture may receive a gluteal injection of methotrexate. Amy Alspaugh, The Conversation, 7 June 2022 The procedures, more technically called gluteal fat grafting, involve injecting fat to enlarge or reshape patients’ buttocks. Jim Saunders, Orlando Sentinel, 21 June 2022 She was struck in her upper gluteal area before the bullet exited, fracturing her sacral bones but missing the end of her spinal cord. Soo Youn, Washington Post, 26 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1804, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gluteal was in 1804

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Cite this Entry

“Gluteal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


glu·​te·​al ˈglüt-ē-əl How to pronounce gluteal (audio) glü-ˈtē- How to pronounce gluteal (audio)
: of or relating to the buttocks or the gluteus muscles
the gluteal region extends to the anterior superior iliac spineS. W. Jacob & C. A. Francone
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