[ UK /ɹˈɛktəs/ ]
  1. any of various straight muscles
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How To Use rectus In A Sentence

  • Twisting crunches target both the upper rectus and the external obliques, the muscles on each side of the torso attached to the lower two-thirds of the rib cage and inserting on the side of the pelvis.
  • I have always enjoyed pointing out that a Catholic priest (Lemaitre) conceived of the Big Bang, and a Jesuit (Teilhard de Chardin) discovered Homo erectus (then called Sinanthropus, Peking man). "Eppur, si muove..."
  • ~ Exercise of the Week: The Serratus Crunch -- You multitaskers out there will love this movement as it allows you to work the rectus abdominis, the obliques, and the serratus at the same time. Speedlinking 8/24/07
  • Three weeks later there was diplopia; loss of function of the right external and inferior recti, although the ball could be turned downward to some extent by the superior oblique when the internal rectus was in action. Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900 Being Mainly a Clinical Study of the Nature and Effects of Injuries Produced by Bullets of Small Calibre
  • Homo erectus was then known only from fossils discovered in Java in the 1890s—although the remains a jawbone, skullcap, thighbone, and two teeth were initially classified as Pithecanthropus erectus, or the “erect ape man.” Ancestral Passions
  • -- The upper fragment is carried forwards by the action of the psoas and iliacus internus, and at the same time everted and drawn outwards by the external rotator and glutei muscles, causing a marked prominence at the outer side of the thigh and great pain from the laceration of the muscles; the lower fragment is drawn upwards, by the rectus, biceps, semi-membranosus and semitendinous muscles, whilst its upper end is thrown outwards and its lower end inwards by the pectineus and adductor muscles; crepitation, preternatural An Epitome of Practical Surgery, for Field and Hospital.
  • The rectus abdominis runs from the top of the pubic bone to the sternum and lower three ribs.
  • Through the use of computer image analysis it may be possible to quantify accurately and usefully the variation in D. suberectus and subdivide this widely distributed and long ranging species.
  • During a dig on the island of Java, he discovered the first fossils of a Pithecanthropus erectus.
  • The spine is stable and still, with the rectus abdominis, obliques and erector spinae muscle isometrically contracting.
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