One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The vastus intermedius muscle, which forms part of the great extensor muscle of the leg, the quadriceps femoris, and which originates from the upper part of the shaft of the femur and covers its anterior surface.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Helkiah Crooke (1576–1648), physician and anatomist. From post-classical Latin crureus from classical Latin crūr-, crūs leg + -eus.
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