quad·​ri·​ceps | \ ˈkwä-drə-ˌseps How to pronounce quadriceps (audio) \
plural quadriceps also quadricepses

Definition of quadriceps

: the greater extensor muscle of the front of the thigh that is divided into four parts

Examples of quadriceps in a Sentence

He felt a pain in his right quadriceps.
Recent Examples on the Web The Cubs put outfielder Michael Hermosillo on the 10-day IL with a left quadriceps strain before Tuesday’s game. Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 10 May 2022 Of course, knee pain and improper tracking has also been linked to muscle imbalance, and Parkinson advises that any long-term approach to knee pain incorporate resistance-training exercises to strengthen the glutes, hip abductors and quadriceps. Outside Online, 4 June 2021 New York was without Julius Randle (right quadriceps) for a fourth straight game. Noah Trister, Hartford Courant, 9 Apr. 2022 Klinsmann was making his second start of the season in place of Jonathan Bond, who is out indefinitely with what the Galaxy are calling a low-grade quadriceps strain. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2021 These muscles, commonly called antigravity muscles, include the calf muscles, the quadriceps and the muscles of the back and neck. Forbes, 23 May 2021 Historically, the go-to line of attack has been to strengthen the quadriceps, on the front of the thigh. Richard A. Lovett, Outside Online, 8 Dec. 2020 Yastrzemski, a day after experiencing tightness in his right quadriceps when running the bases, reported to work feeling better. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Mar. 2022 Jones, who is dealing with quadriceps and Achilles injuries, was seen with a compression sleeve on his right leg on the Dolphins’ practice field on Thursday. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, 7 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of quadriceps

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quadriceps

New Latin quadricipit-, quadriceps, from quadri- + -cipit-, -ceps (as in bicipit-, biceps biceps)

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The first known use of quadriceps was in 1840

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“Quadriceps.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quadriceps. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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quad·​ri·​ceps | \ ˈkwäd-rə-ˌseps How to pronounce quadriceps (audio) \

Medical Definition of quadriceps

: a large extensor muscle of the front of the thigh divided above into four parts which include the rectus femoris, vastus lateralis, vastus intermedius, and vastus medialis, and which unite in a single tendon to enclose the patella as a sesamoid bone at the knee and insert as the patellar tendon into the tuberosity of the tibia

called also quadriceps femoris, quadriceps muscle

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