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 McLaughlin was signed after kicker Robbie Gould strained his quadriceps in practice Tuesday. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Russell Wilson vs. 49ers’ No. 1 defense: Monday night’s prime-time matchup," 10 Nov. 2019 Waddle is out after tearing his right quadriceps in practice Sunday. BostonGlobe.com, "Redskins first to cash in with gambling-focused telecast," 6 Aug. 2019 Richburg, who played with a torn quadriceps last season, has been doing a lot of rehabilitation on the side with hopes of a Week 1 return, and that remains the best-case scenario. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers mailbag: How much will Garoppolo, starters play at Kansas City?," 21 Aug. 2019 In the postseason for the first time in his NBA career, Cousins suffered a torn quadriceps in the second game of Golden State's first-round series. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "DeMarcus Cousins suffers another major injury," 15 Aug. 2019 Upton was slated to complete some running drills before the game, and informed Ausmus that his quadriceps was no longer bothering him. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Angels pitcher Matt Harvey rejoins team as his rehabilitation continues," 5 July 2019 The Patriots did not announce the nature of the injury, but the Boston Globe reported King had suffered a torn quadriceps muscle. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Injury sidelines New England’s Brandon King for 2019 NFL season," 25 Aug. 2019 In his first season with the Mets after being acquired from Seattle, Cano, 36, was limited to one game between May 22 and June 16 because of a strained left quadriceps. Wes Crosby, courant.com, "Mets’ Cano strains hamstring in rout of Pirates," 4 Aug. 2019 Moreland, 33, was placed on the injured list June 8 with a right quadriceps strain. Andrew Mahoney, BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox reinstate Mitch Moreland from injured list," 23 July 2019

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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 27 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of quadriceps

: a large muscle at the front of your upper leg


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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