steatopygia

noun
ste·a·to·py·gia | \ˌstē-a-tə-ˈpi-j(ē-)ə, -ˈpī-\

Definition of steatopygia 

: an excessive development of fat on the buttocks that occurs chiefly among women of some African peoples and especially the Khoisan

Other Words from steatopygia

steatopygous \ˌstē-a-tə-ˈpi-gəs, -ˈpī- \ or steatopygic \ˌstē-ə-ˈtä-pə-jik, -tə-ˈpī-jik \ adjective

First Known Use of steatopygia

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for steatopygia

New Latin, from steat-, stear + Greek pygē buttocks

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steatopygia

noun
ste·ato·py·gia | \ˌstē-ət-ə-ˈpij-ē-ə also stē-ˌat-ō-, -ˈpī-j(ē-)ə\

Medical Definition of steatopygia 

: an accumulation of a large amount of fat on the buttocks

Other Words from steatopygia

steatopygous \-ˈpī-gəs \ or steatopygic \-ˈpij-ik also -ˈpī-jik \ adjective

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