• WordNet 3.6
    • n sartorius a muscle in the thigh that helps to rotate the leg into the sitting position assumed by a tailor; the longest muscle in the human body
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest muscle in the human body is the sartorius. This narrow muscle of the thigh passes obliquely across the front of the thigh and helps rotate the leg to the position assumed in sitting cross-legged. Its name is a derivation of the adjective "sartorial," a reference to what was the traditional cross-legged position of tailors (or "sartors") at work.
    • n Sartorius (Anat) A muscle of the thigh, called the tailor's muscle, which arises from the hip bone and is inserted just below the knee. So named because its contraction was supposed to produce the position of the legs assumed by the tailor in sitting.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sartorius The longest muscle of the human body, crossing the thigh obliquely in front. It arises from the anterior superior spine of the ilium, and is inserted into the top of the inner anterior surface of the tibia. It has been considered to be the chief muscle in producing the position of the tailor when at work (whence its name). It is usually present in mammals, though with various modifications. Also called iliopretibialis, sarticruræus, and tailor-muscle. See cut under muscle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sartorius sär-tō′ri-us the muscle of the thigh by which the one leg is thrown across the other
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. L. sartor, a patcher, tailor, fr. sarcire, sartum, to patch, mend
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sartor, a tailor.


In literature:

Captain Glover of the royal navy was in command, with Mr. Goldsworthy and Captain Sartorius as his assistants.
"By Sheer Pluck" by G. A. Henty
To Herr von Sartorius 370.
"Beethoven's Letters 1790-1826 Vol. 2" by Lady Wallace
Sartorius on traveling in England, 145.
"Notes & Queries, Index of Volume 1" by Various
Manso, 'Geschichte des Ostgothischen Reiches' 388; and Sartorius, 'Regierung der Ostgothen' 207 and 347.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
The sartorius muscle covered by a process of the fascia lata.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
On July 8, the fleet, commanded by Admiral Sartorius, a British officer, appeared off Oporto, which submitted on the following day.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
Sartorius von Walterhausen, August, 728.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
We then sat down, and Fraeulein Sartorius immediately opened a conversation with me.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
Sartorius, who had been sent ahead with twenty Hausa only, found Kumasi still deserted.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
So our Sartorius, from general of an army, thus became a Genoese banker.
"Voltaire's Romances" by François-Marie Arouet
The sartorius in these animals is divided into two parts, which, in general, are placed in contact.
"Artistic Anatomy of Animals" by Édouard Cuyer

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