gluteus maximus

gluteus max·​i·​mus | \ -ˈmak-sə-məs How to pronounce gluteus maximus (audio) \
plural glutei maximi\ -​ˈmak-​sə-​ˌmī How to pronounce gluteus maximus (audio) \

Definition of gluteus maximus

: the outermost muscle of the three glutei found in each of the human buttocks

Examples of gluteus maximus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An effective glutes finisher also engages all of the muscles in your butt, including your gluteus maximus (biggest butt muscle) as well as your gluteus medius and gluteus minimus (the two muscles that form your side butt), Jamison says. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 4 Sep. 2021 The Oz alum has long been admired for his gluteus maximus. Glenn Garner,, 4 Aug. 2021 Specifically, there are three butt muscles to know: the gluteus maximus, the gluteus medius, and the gluteus minimus1. Suzannah Weis, SELF, 21 July 2021 The gluteus maximus is the biggest muscle in the body, so traditionally in high-intensity interval training, also known as HIIT workouts, or in workouts focused on weight loss, working the butt is a key component to burn more calories and fat. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, 7 Oct. 2020 The gluteus maximus—the hefty muscle that powers our ability to run and climb—swelled in lockstep, and blanketed itself in a cozy layer of fat that some scientists think serves as an energy reserve. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 18 May 2021 Your bum is composed of three muscles: gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimis. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, 7 Oct. 2020 While the gluteus maximus is the biggest butt muscle, minimis and medius have the important job of helping to stabilize and round out the butt as a whole. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, 7 Oct. 2020 Researchers found that when looking at individual muscles, the size of an athlete's gluteus maximus was key to his speed. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of gluteus maximus

1831, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gluteus maximus

New Latin, literally, largest gluteus

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gluteus maximus

gluteus max·​i·​mus | \ -ˈmak-sə-məs How to pronounce gluteus maximus (audio) \
plural glutei maximi\ -​sə-​ˌmī How to pronounce gluteus maximus (audio) \

Medical Definition of gluteus maximus

: the outermost of the three muscles in each buttock that arises from the sacrum, coccyx, back part of the ilium and adjacent structures, that is inserted into the fascia lata of the thigh and the gluteal tuberosity of the femur, and that acts to extend and laterally rotate the thigh

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