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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The hamstrings moved anteriorly, while the gluteus moved posterior-laterally. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 15 July 2016 The gluteus and hamstrings overlapped beneath the pelvis in an unloaded condition, enveloping the ischial tuberosity. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 15 July 2016 To develop strength and stability in the frontal plane, target the hip abductors, particularly your gluteus medius. Jon-erik Kawamoto, Outside Online, 11 Mar. 2020 The gluteus muscles work with forceful extension of the hip, such as stair or hill climbing; or powerful cycling, such as sprinting or hill climbing. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 5 May 2022 Your glutes are a muscle group consisting of three key players: your gluteus maximus, or your biggest butt muscle, as well as your gluteus medius and gluteus minimus, the two smaller muscles that form your side butt. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 5 Mar. 2022 This workout introduces you to exercises that strengthen your gluteus medius, which directly increases your lateral stability while running. Jeff Horowitz, Outside Online, 15 June 2020 By the time it was diagnosed, Jackson’s cancer was in his hip bone, femur, the capsule around his hip joint and in his gluteus and quadricep muscles. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Mar. 2021 According to the Lakers, Davis suffered a bruised gluteus maximum and is questionable Friday's game in Dallas. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 8 Jan. 2020 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Gluteus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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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