latissimus dorsi

noun
la·​tis·​si·​mus dor·​si | \ lə-ˈti-sə-məs-ˈdȯr-sī How to pronounce latissimus dorsi (audio) \
plural latissimi dorsi\ lə-​ˈti-​sə-​ˌmī-​ˈdȯr-​sī How to pronounce latissimus dorsi (audio) \

Definition of latissimus dorsi

: a broad flat superficial muscle chiefly of the middle and lower back that extends, adducts, and rotates the arm medially and draws the shoulder downward and backward

Examples of latissimus dorsi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The latissimus dorsi, or lats, which are a large flat muscle that runs from the mid to lower back. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, 26 Jan. 2022 Your back muscles, specifically the latissimus dorsi, are activated during the catch. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Cdn, Nasm-cpt, Good Housekeeping, 13 May 2022 The right-hander suffered a latissimus dorsi strain in mid-February, about three weeks before MLB's lockout ended, and wasn't pain free until last week. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 4 Apr. 2022 The 28-year-old, a high-leverage member of the bullpen, has been shut down in spring training with right latissimus dorsi soreness. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 20 Mar. 2022 Peavy overcame a potentially career-ending injury after tearing the right latissimus dorsi tendon completely off the humerus bone in his pitching arm during a game on July 6, 2010. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 25 Jan. 2022 Peavy overcame a potentially career-ending injury after tearing the right latissimus dorsi tendon completely off the humerus bone in his pitching arm during a game on July 6, 2010. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 25 Jan. 2022 Peavy overcame a potentially career-ending injury after tearing the right latissimus dorsi tendon completely off the humerus bone in his pitching arm during a game on July 6, 2010. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 25 Jan. 2022 Peavy overcame a potentially career-ending injury after tearing the right latissimus dorsi tendon completely off the humerus bone in his pitching arm during a game on July 6, 2010. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 25 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of latissimus dorsi

1684, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for latissimus dorsi

New Latin, literally, broadest (muscle) of the back

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“Latissimus dorsi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/latissimus%20dorsi. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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latissimus dorsi

noun
la·​tis·​si·​mus dor·​si | \ lə-ˈtis-ə-məs-ˈdȯr-ˌsī How to pronounce latissimus dorsi (audio) \
plural latissimi dorsi\ -​ˌmī-​ How to pronounce latissimus dorsi (audio) \

Medical Definition of latissimus dorsi

: a broad flat superficial muscle of the lower part of the back that originates mostly in a broad aponeurosis attached to the spinous processes of the vertebrae of the lower back, the supraspinal ligament, and the crest of the ilium, that is inserted into the bicipital groove of the humerus, and that extends, adducts, and rotates the arm medially and draws the shoulder downward and backward

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