the large muscle on the back of the lower leg, that connects with the Achilles tendon and extends the foot
Origin of gastrocnemiusModern Latin from Classical Greek gastrokn?mia, calf from gast?r, the belly + kn?m?, lower part of the leg: so named from the protruding, or bellying, shape of the calf
The largest, most prominent muscle of the calf of the leg, the action of which extends the foot and bends the knee.
Origin of gastrocnemiusNew Latin gastrocnēmius from Greek gastroknēmiā calf of the leg gastro- belly (from its bellylike shape) ; see gastro- . knēmē leg