One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A muscle of the lateral side of the leg that arises from the fibula, inserts on to the fifth metatarsal bone, and acts to evert the foot.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in James Drake (d. 1707), political and medical writer. From scientific Latin peroneus brevis from post-classical Latin peroneus + classical Latin brevis short.
peroneus brevis/pɛrə(ʊ)ˌniːəs ˈbrɛvɪs/
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