Meaning of quadriceps in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkwɒdrɪsɛps/

nounplural noun quadriceps

  • The large muscle at the front of the thigh, which is divided into four distinct portions and acts to extend the leg.

    ‘front squats place more emphasis on the quadriceps’
    • ‘Bilateral thigh pain or weakness with atrophy of the iliopsoas, quadriceps, and adductor muscles also may be present.’
    • ‘You also use lower-body muscles including your quadriceps, hip flexors and gluteus maximus.’
    • ‘The deep branch innervates the quadriceps muscle, knee joint, and medial ligament.’
    • ‘Atrophy of the vastus medialis obliquus portion of the quadriceps muscle also may be noticeable.’
    • ‘The barbell squat involves all four muscles of the quadriceps group, located on the front of the thigh.’


Mid 16th century from Latin, literally ‘four-headed’.