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.

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Moreland is on the 10-day IL with a right quadriceps strain . . Nora Princiotti, BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox pitcher Brian Johnson close to being activated," 12 June 2019 Franklin has been out since early May with a lingering quadriceps strain. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Notes: Nate Orf gets first call to big leagues; Brewers option reliever Aaron Wilkerson," 2 July 2018 McGee started after being listed as questionable with a bruised left quadriceps. Raul Domniguez, chicagotribune.com, "Mourning Spurs aren't able to win one for Pop: 'It's not an easy day to be here'," 19 Apr. 2018 Back after missing the previous four games with a bruised left quadriceps, Ellington converted a pair of late 3-pointers to help the Heat move within one game of the 76ers for the No. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Ellington, Wade step up late as Heat push past 76ers 108-99," 9 Mar. 2018 After battling a torn quadriceps throughout the first half of the season, Frazier came alive in the Tigers final seven games, recording 5 1/2 sacks as Missouri clinched bowl eligibility. Alex Schiffer, kansascity, "'Scouts were shocked:' Mizzou's Marcell Frazier has strong pro day | The Kansas City Star," 23 Mar. 2018 An athlete that sustains a knee or kick to the front of the thigh usually has an injury known as a quadriceps muscle contusion. Dr. Harlan Selesnick, miamiherald, "Thigh injury in basketball often needs rest, ice and a rehab program | Miami Herald," 12 Mar. 2018 Cabezas suffered a strained left quadriceps muscle during Saturday’s season opener. Corey Roepken, Houston Chronicle, "Dynamo’s Juan David Cabezas expected to miss ‘a couple weeks’," 6 Mar. 2018 The Spurs decided to sideline their franchise player again to rehab further from a right quadriceps tendinopathy injury which caused him to miss the first 27 games of the season. Jabari Young, San Antonio Express-News, "Kawhi Leonard back in San Antonio, could play in March," 26 Feb. 2018

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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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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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