Origin of trapeziusModern Latin from trapezium: see trapezium
Origin of trapeziusNew Latin from Late Latin trapezium trapezium (from the shape of the muscles paired) ; see trapezium .
(plural trapezii or trapeziuses)
- (anatomy) A large vertebrate skeletal muscle divided into an ascending, descending, and transverse portion, attaching the neck and central spine to the outer extremity of the scapula; it functions in scapular elevation, adduction, and depression.
Unknown, probably has similar roots as other trap- terms, being related to Ancient Greek terms like Ï„ÏÎ¬Ï€ÎµÎ¶Î± (trapeza).