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glu·te·us max·i·mus (mus·cle)[TA]
superficial muscle of buttock; origin, ilium behind posterior gluteal line, posterior surface of sacrum and coccyx, and sacrotuberous ligament; insertion, iliotibial band of fascia lata (superficial three quarters) and gluteal ridge (deep inferior one quarter) of femur; action, extends thigh, especially from the flexed position, as in climbing stairs or rising from a sitting position; nerve supply, inferior gluteal.
Synonym(s): musculus gluteus maximus [TA]
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n. pl. glutei (glo͞o′tē-ī′, glo͞o-tē′ī′)
Any of the three large muscles of each buttock, especially the gluteus maximus, that extend, abduct, and rotate the thigh.
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