gluteus maximus

gluteus max·​i·​mus | \-ˈmak-sə-məs \
plural glutei maximi\-​ˈmak-​sə-​ˌmī \

Definition of gluteus maximus 

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

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Holding the all-fours position works the upper body and core, while the leg lift with a resistance band targets the gluteus maximus, the largest muscle in the butt. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "Why 'Riverdale' Star Madelaine Petsch's Butt Exercise Is a Great Go-to Move," 5 Apr. 2018 This move works to eliminate both, activating the gluteus maximus while working on hip extension. Sara Angle, Outside Online, "The Best Glutes Exercises," 19 June 2018 Your gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in your body. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "A Quick Equipment-Free Butt Workout From Celebrity Trainer Erin Oprea," 27 June 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 For the next 45 minutes Freedia led her supple entourage of dancers and audience volunteers into the sort of gluteus maximus maelstrom that has made her a superstar. Doug Maccash,, "Big Freedia conducts a church choir at Jazz Fest 2018," 28 Apr. 2018 Loading View on Instagram These shorts, however, end about an inch below Brady's gluteus maximus. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Look at Tom Brady's Incredibly Tiny Shorts," 3 May 2018 This semi-fold exercise targets your gluteus maximus as well as your hamstrings and lower ab muscles. NBC News, "5 simple exercises for stronger, tighter glutes," 2 May 2018 Most of us focus on training our gluteus maximus, which is responsible for a lifted, toned look in the buttocks. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Missing these muscles?," 10 Apr. 2018

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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 \
plural glutei maximi\-​sə-​ˌmī \

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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