One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of several muscles and tendons in the calf of the leg concerned with movements of the foot.
- ‘My quads and calves were relatively large before I stepped into the gym with Stu, but my hamstrings and the tibialis muscles at the front of my shins have caught up, making my legs look beefier and more powerful.’
- ‘The tibialis anterior is particularly important for this action during walking: ‘footdrop’ is the consequence of damage to its nerve supply.’
- ‘Dancers with posterior tibialis tendinitis, which is linked to pronating feet, can still learn new choreography.’
- ‘The function of your tibialis is to pull your feet toward your shins.’
- ‘Several months after transplantation the tibialis anterior was injured by an injection.’
- ‘Jogging works both aspects of the calf muscle on the push-off and hammers the tibialis anterior (shin muscle) as the leg decelerates at landing.’
Late 19th century: from Latin, ‘relating to the shin bone’.
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