One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Either of a pair of large, roughly triangular muscles covering the lower part of the back, extending from the sacral, lumbar, and lower thoracic vertebrae to the armpits.
- ‘We measured right and left sides of 4 muscles - sternocleidomastoideus, trapezius, latissimus dorsi, and rectus abdominis - 3 times and averaged the value for each muscle.’
- ‘Accessory slips may join the deltoid with infraspinatus, latissimus dorsi, or even teres major.’
- ‘Subjects with greater imbalance of muscle stiffness such as latissimus dorsi or trapezius had significantly higher neuroticism and psychoticism scores than did those with lower imbalance.’
- ‘My rheumatologist thought I might have torn muscle fibers in the latissimus dorsi and tried an injection of triamcinolone.’
- ‘Abdominal muscles, the latissimus dorsi (running down your sides), as well as the lower back are also engaged when fencing, which in time will enhance your posture and waistline.’
Early 17th century: modern Latin, from musculus latissimus dorsi, literally ‘broadest muscle of the back’.
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