(also gastrocnemius muscle)
noun (plural gastrocnemii -mɪʌɪ) Anatomy the chief muscle of the calf of the leg, which flexes the knee and foot.
C17: mod. L., from Gk gastroknēmia 'calf of the leg', from gaster, gastr- 'stomach' + knēmē 'leg' (from the bulging shape of the calf).

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