soleus

noun

so·​le·​us ˈsō-lē-əs How to pronounce soleus (audio)
plural solei ˈsō-lē-ˌī How to pronounce soleus (audio)
: a broad flat muscle of the calf of the leg lying immediately beneath the gastrocnemius

Examples of soleus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The two largest muscles—the gastrocnemius and the soleus— are both located in the back of your lower leg below your knee. Lindsay Curtis, Health, 7 July 2024 But in general, focus on strengthening your quads, calves (specifically your soleus), and glutes. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 5 Oct. 2023 Soleus Stretch The soleus is a deeper muscle in the calf that is often overlooked, Wang says. Cori Ritchey, Men's Health, 8 Apr. 2023 Beneath your gastrocnemius and Achilles is the second calf muscle, the soleus, which runs from the outer side of the back of your knee down to your heel. Angela Gargano, Lauren Del Turco, Women's Health, 15 Mar. 2023 The main muscles supporting the ankle include the gastrocnemius and soleus, which are the hamstring muscles in the back of the calf, as well as the tibialis posterior (muscle on the inside the ankle) and tibialis anterior (muscle on the front of the ankle). Jenny McCoy, SELF, 24 Jan. 2022 Main Calf Muscles To Know Enter: the gastrocnemius and the soleus. Angela Gargano, Lauren Del Turco, Women's Health, 15 Mar. 2023 Lying Rotary Soleus Press Watch on The soleus is a broad, flat muscle under the perky gastrocnemius that is key in walking, running, balancing and jumping. Dr. Rachel Tavel, Pt, Dpt, Men's Health, 16 Feb. 2023 The soleus is a smaller, flat muscle that lies underneath the calf muscle. oregonlive, 20 Nov. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Latin solea sandal — more at sole

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of soleus was in 1676

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Cite this Entry

“Soleus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soleus. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

soleus

noun
so·​le·​us ˈsō-lē-əs How to pronounce soleus (audio)
plural solei -lē-ˌī How to pronounce soleus (audio) also soleuses
: a broad flat muscle of the calf of the leg that lies deep to the gastrocnemius, arises from the back and upper part of the tibia and fibula and from a tendinous arch between them, inserts by a tendon that unites with that of the gastrocnemius to form the Achilles tendon, and acts to flex the foot
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