glu·​te·​us | \ ˈglü-tē-əs How to pronounce gluteus (audio) , glü-ˈtē- How to pronounce gluteus (audio) \
plural glutei\ ˈglü-​tē-​ˌī How to pronounce glutei (audio) , -​tē-​ˌē ; glü-​ˈtē-​ˌī \

Definition of gluteus

: any of the large muscles of the buttocks especially : gluteus maximus

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This band, and the leg-opening movements Campbell does at the top and bottom of the exercise, target the gluteus medius, the small muscle on the outer side of your butt that supports the hip and rotational movement of the thigh. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Naomi Campbell Trains While She Travels With This One Versatile Core Move," 23 Nov. 2018 This move activates the gluteus medius, maximus, and minimus while improving balance. Sara Angle, Outside Online, "The Best Glutes Exercises," 19 June 2018 Leg squat and hold Jockeys need super strong quadriceps and gluteus muscles, so this portion of the assessment targets both. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "We bet all the Kentucky Derby winnings that you're not as fit as a jockey," 26 Apr. 2018 For example, DiGiorgio says exercises performed with your feet parallel focus on strengthening the gluteus maximus, the largest glute muscle, while exercises with your feet turned out emphasize your gluteus medius. NBC News, "5 simple exercises for stronger, tighter glutes," 2 May 2018 The gluteus medius is a muscle on the lateral side of your glute near your hip. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Missing these muscles?," 10 Apr. 2018 He had been called up for our Europa League match against Lokomotiv Moscow, but was dropped last minute due to some discomfort in his gluteus., "Atletico Confirm Jan Oblak Absence After Suffering Injury But Unable to Put Timeframe on Return," 10 Mar. 2018 The motion of abducting the legs (aka, pushing them away from the body) against the tension of the band targets the gluteus medius, a smaller hip adductor muscle on the outer side of the pelvis that supports your hip and rotation of the thigh. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "Why Kate Upton’s Twist on Hip Thrusts Is a Great Butt-Strengthening Move," 7 Mar. 2018 According to Konforti, the band move works to activate and strengthen the glutes—specifically the gluteus medius, a smaller glute muscle on the outer side of your hips. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "Gabrielle Union's Twist on a Classic Abs Exercise Will Strengthen Your Butt, Too," 31 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of gluteus

circa 1681, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gluteus

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

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glu·​te·​us | \ ˈglüt-ē-əs How to pronounce gluteus (audio) , glü-ˈtē- How to pronounce gluteus (audio) \
plural glutei\ ˈglüt-​ē-​ˌī How to pronounce glutei (audio) , -​ē-​ˌē; glü-​ˈtē-​ˌī How to pronounce glutei (audio) \

Medical Definition of gluteus

: any of three large muscles of the buttocks:

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