glu·​te·​us ˈglü-tē-əs How to pronounce gluteus (audio) glü-ˈtē- How to pronounce gluteus (audio)
: any of the large muscles of the buttocks
especially : gluteus maximus

Examples of gluteus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But, during the part where the fat gets transferred to the buttocks, the complaint says Torres injected the fat into the gluteus muscles of the buttocks. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 16 June 2024 Balenciaga’s glittering gluteus visual harkened back to when denim was king in the early and mid-’00s. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 14 Mar. 2024 There are three glute muscles: the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus. Health Editorial Team, Health, 4 Dec. 2023 Together with your gluteus minimus and medius, its primary job is to extend your hips—a movement that’s key to not only keeping your torso erect and body upright, but also generating the kind of explosive power that defines true athleticism. Men's Health, 5 May 2023 At your hips, the IT band connects to the gluteus maximus and gluteus medius. Health Editorial Team, Health, 4 Dec. 2023 Your primary hip abductors include your two smaller butt muscles, the gluteus medius and the gluteus minimus, as well as your tensor fasciae latae (also known as the TFL, a muscle located at the outside of the hip), Fagin says. Jenny McCoy, SELF, 6 July 2023 There’s also the gluteus minimus, which primarily acts as a hip stabilizer and abductor. Megan Falk, Women's Health, 28 June 2023 The gluteus medius is the middle of the three glute muscles, nestled between the gluteus minimus and the gluteus maximus. Cori Ritchey, Men's Health, 12 May 2023

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Word History


New Latin glutaeus, gluteus, from Greek gloutos buttock — more at cloud

First Known Use

circa 1681, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gluteus was circa 1681

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“Gluteus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


glu·​te·​us ˈglüt-ē-əs How to pronounce gluteus (audio) glü-ˈtē- How to pronounce gluteus (audio)
: any of three large muscles of the buttocks:

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