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 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, "LeFlore’s DeMarcus Cousins returns to NBA," 6 Apr. 2021 Daniel Oturu, the center from Minnesota the Clippers drafted 33rd overall in November, strained a quadriceps during a G League practice in February and missed some time, but even before then was receiving scant minutes with the Clippers. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, "DeMarcus Cousins on the Clippers: Five takeaways from his signing," 5 Apr. 2021 Hey, things took another wacky turn when DH Khris Davis came up with a strained quadriceps muscle Tuesday. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Rangers 2021 spring training player breakdown, opening day roster projection version 4.0," 25 Mar. 2021 Richburg, 29, has had surgery on his quadriceps, knee, shoulder and hip since the end of the 2018 season and hasn’t played for the 49ers since Dec. 8, 2019. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, "49ers have nearly $32 million in cap space after restructuring Richburg's contract," 13 Mar. 2021 During a preseason game on Aug. 22, 2019, King suffered what was reported as a torn quadriceps muscle. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Watch Brandon King cut Bill Belichick’s ‘third-and-long’ gray hair," 12 Mar. 2021 Cain, who opted out last season, still hasn’t played a spring-training game with a strained quadriceps and remains questionable for opening day. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Jackie Bradley Jr. starts new with Milwaukee but can't let go of Boston," 9 Mar. 2021 Wizards: G Ish Smith was out with a strained right quadriceps. Rich Dubroff, Star Tribune, "Refreshed Beal scores 35, leads Wizards past Celtics 104-91," 14 Feb. 2021 The Rockets were without a key piece of that deal as Victor Oladipo rested a sore right quadriceps. Schuyler Dixon, Chron, "Eric Gordon, DeMarcus Cousins help Rockets cruise past Mavericks," 23 Jan. 2021

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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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9 Apr 2021

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“Quadriceps.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quadriceps. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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