gluteus maximus

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

Definition of gluteus maximus

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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "This 5-minute workout will tone and tighten your butt," 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, "What separates elite sprinters from the also-rans? A big butt, according to new research," 2 Oct. 2020 This week's question: Queen guitarist Brian May, 72, is recuperating after tearing his gluteus maximus during a moment of over-enthusiastic gardening in lockdown. TheWeek, "The Week contest: Yard work," 22 May 2020 Squat into Side Leg Lift This progression from a basic squat will fire up your hamstrings, quads and gluteus maximus, while focusing on the gluteus medius (the side hip) during the leg lift. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "A 5-minute lower body workout to tone your glutes and thighs," 4 Mar. 2020 Instead, Davis has a bruise on his gluteus maximus, the main muscle that makes up the buttocks. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Mick Cronin is a breath of fresh air for the L.A. sports scene," 2 Feb. 2019 There are three major muscles in your glutes — the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus — that work together to rotate, abduct and extend the hip. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "Tone and tighten your butt with this 31-day routine," 1 July 2019 For example, your glutes are made up of three main muscles, the gluteus maximus, the gluteus medius, and the gluteus minimus. Amy Marturana, SELF, "18 Lunge Variations That Will Work Your Butt From Every Angle," 5 Apr. 2019 This is a crucial muscle for runners to strengthen, but the other muscles in your butt, the gluteus maximus and gluteus medius, are important too. Amy Marturana, SELF, "Here’s What Proper Running Form Actually Is and How Much You Should Care About It," 2 Apr. 2019

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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 glutei maximi (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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