latissimus dorsi

noun
la·​tis·​si·​mus dor·​si | \lə-ˈti-sə-məs-ˈdȯr-sī \
plural latissimi dorsi\lə-​ˈti-​sə-​ˌmī-​ˈdȯr-​sī \

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

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Logan, 33, missed the second half of the 2017 season with Cleveland with a tear of the latissimus dorsi muscle behind his pitching shoulder. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Groin injury leaves Brewers and Wade Miley to figure out a way to keep him in organization," 22 Mar. 2018 The latissimus dorsi is the broadest muscle of the back. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers top prospect Franklin Perez out a minimum of 12 weeks," 19 Mar. 2018 The results of the physical were key to the deal because Logan, 33, had a season-ending latissimus dorsi strain behind his pitching shoulder last year with Cleveland. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers have deal in place with left-handed reliever Boone Logan pending physical exam," 5 Jan. 2018

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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

noun
la·​tis·​si·​mus dor·​si | \lə-ˈtis-ə-məs-ˈdȯr-ˌsī \
plural latissimi dorsi\-​ˌmī-​ \

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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