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What is the largest muscle in the human body?

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maxkingz69 | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted May 18, 2010 at 12:28 AM via web

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What is the largest muscle in the human body?

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Posted May 18, 2010 at 1:18 AM (Answer #1)

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According to most online sources, the gluteus maximus or buttock muscle is the biggest of the 639 named muscles in the human body.


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.

The strongest muscle depends on how you measure strength. A good case could be made for the heart!

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In terms of absolute force, the strongest muscle in the body is the masseter, the prime mover of the jaw for chewing. It can create force of 55 lbs. on the incisors or 200 lbs. on the molars.

The hardest-working muscle in the body is the heart. It pumps 2 oz. blood at every heartbeat, at least 2,500 gallons daily.

The muscle that can pull with the greatest force is the soleus, underneath the calf muscle. It is this muscle that keeps us from falling backward while standing up, and it is essential to running, walking and dancing.

The largest muscle in the body is also one of the strongest--the gluteus maximus. This large muscle in the buttocks keeps us standing upright and fights against gravity when we walk up stairs.

The most flexible muscle is the tongue, which can take many shapes and also is always moving, even in sleep.

The most active of muscles is the eye muscles. Muscles of the eye are constantly moving. In an hour's worth of reading, they can move 10,000 times. Unlike the heart, however, eye muscles can get fatigued easily.

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dano7744 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted May 22, 2010 at 10:56 AM (Answer #2)

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The gluteal muscles are largest. The gluteus minimus and maximus comprise this group. They are your buttocks. A very close second is the bilateral latissimus dorsi muscles which are your "lats". They run more than half way up your back and wrap around laterally (the sides). They connect distally in the hip or coxal area. The gluteals are indeed much thicker and have more mass. Another large muscle group is the adductor group on the anterior thigh and also the quadriceps group which is also on your anterior thigh(front thigh). As you can imagine, the muscles of the legs are very strong inpart because they help to support your weight. The masseter muscles of the bilateral jaws are also very strong, and the strongest of all.

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tonytony3030 | Middle School Teacher | eNoter

Posted May 20, 2010 at 9:29 AM (Answer #4)

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The buttock muscle should be the largest muscle in the human body.

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alilion | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted March 5, 2012 at 6:58 PM (Answer #5)

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the strongest muscle is the tongue and the biggest muscle is the gleuteus maximuss

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pororohandy | Student | Valedictorian

Posted July 5, 2012 at 7:42 AM (Answer #6)

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The Glutious Maximus muscle is the largest single muscle in the body. It is your bottom muscle.


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Posted August 2, 2012 at 7:03 AM (Answer #8)

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The gluteus muscle is the largest muscle in the human body. It consists of gluteus maximus and gluteus minimus. it is called asbuttockmuscles.

Hip region is the most important region in the human structure because human stands on both legs and when he stands this buttock region gives support to the human structure. Also, above the hip region there are so many internal organs (including respiratory, digestive system) which are very important for the human life,to protect these organs and to support them the muscle in the buttock should be very thick and large

 

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holly12199 | Student | eNoter

Posted August 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM (Answer #3)

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The human body consists of three types of muscle: smooth, cardiac, and skeletal. Skeletal muscle, also called striated muscle, is the type of muscle that we typically think of when we discuss muscle. It is the type of muscle that is responsible for locomotion and other body movements. There are over 600 skeletal muscles in the body, in various shapes and sizes. The biggest muscles of the body need to be big, because of their location and function.

The gluteus maximus is generally referred to as the biggest muscle in the human body. It is in fact the most massive muscle of the human body. The glutes, as they are commonly known, are a group of three muscles located at the back of each hip or buttock. The gluteus maximus is the largest and most superficial muscle of the group. It contributes most of the mass that can be seen as the buttocks. It must be large due to its roles in hip extension and lateral rotation, as well as in keeping the body in an erect position.

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ahmedemad | Student | eNoter

Posted June 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM (Answer #10)

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Simply the gluteus maximus

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shruthiblues27 | Student | Honors

Posted July 25, 2012 at 12:32 PM (Answer #7)

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The buttock muscle is the largest muscle in our body. 

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jjrichardson | Student, College Freshman | Valedictorian

Posted August 19, 2012 at 3:19 AM (Answer #13)

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simple. Gluteous Maximus.

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cassielargy | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted August 26, 2012 at 3:51 AM (Answer #14)

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According to most online sources, the gluteus maximus or buttock muscle is the biggest of the 639 named muscles in the human body.


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.

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prom-king | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted September 6, 2012 at 8:41 PM (Answer #15)

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 gluteus maximus.It is large and powerful because it's job is to keep the trunk of our body in an upright posture.

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goanskygurl22 | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted October 1, 2012 at 5:09 AM (Answer #16)

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The gluteus maximus is the largest  and strongest muscle in the human body because it helps a person stand and supports most of the upper body weight. Without it, a person wouldn't be able to sit, stand or squat. :) 

 

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melaniecmartin225 | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted October 3, 2012 at 5:40 PM (Answer #17)

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The biggest muscle in the human body is the gluteus maximus or the muscles found in the buttocks.

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espergel | eNoter

Posted January 2, 2013 at 11:05 PM (Answer #19)

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Glutious Maximus, it is the buttocks, the muscles you sit on. 

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angelsallu | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted January 9, 2013 at 7:49 PM (Answer #20)

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The body’s largest muscle is the gluteus maximus, one of three muscles that form your buttocks, or rear end. It turns out this big muscle has a big job! Not only does your gluteus maximus help keep your torso--or trunk—standing up straight, it gives you the strength to jump, run and walk uphill.    

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wescarlyon337 | Student, Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted January 25, 2013 at 8:50 PM (Answer #21)

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The Glutious Maximus muscle is the largest muscle in the body.  In other words your buttocks.

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astrosonu | Student | Valedictorian

Posted July 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM (Answer #11)

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The buttock muscle is the largest muscle.

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astrosonu | Student | Valedictorian

Posted July 26, 2012 at 3:27 PM (Answer #23)

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The Glutius Maximus muscle

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gohzhijie | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted August 5, 2012 at 2:31 AM (Answer #24)

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The Gluteus Maximus found in your backside is the largest muscle in the human body.

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gurucalling | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted August 8, 2012 at 8:25 AM (Answer #9)

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ass

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nancy167 | College Teacher | Salutatorian

Posted August 21, 2012 at 4:42 PM (Answer #25)

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The Glutious Maximus muscle is the largest muscle in our body. The gluteus maximus is made up of skeletal muscle. It is the uppermost of the three gluteal muscles that make up the human buttocks. It is the most powerful muscle of the human body.

 

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hadjartahax | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted September 7, 2012 at 9:58 AM (Answer #26)

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The gluteus maximus is generally referred to as the biggest muscle in the human body. It is in fact the most massive muscle of the human body.



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gavchristian | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted September 8, 2012 at 11:22 AM (Answer #27)

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The biggest muscle in the human body is the gluteus maximus (the buttock muscle). It is large and powerful because it's job is to keep the trunk of our body in an upright posture. It is the most important anti-gravity muscle that aids us when walking up stairs or uphill.


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alan588 | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted October 8, 2012 at 4:34 PM (Answer #31)

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gluteus maximus

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samson24 | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted October 23, 2012 at 1:52 AM (Answer #18)

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Your booty muscle.    Gluteus maximus

 

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adarshanurag | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted December 31, 2013 at 1:03 PM (Answer #37)

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Gluteus muscle is the largest muscle in a human body.

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jess1999 | TA , Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted June 15, 2014 at 11:00 PM (Answer #46)

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The gluteus maximus according to various sources is the largest muscle in our body. The gluteus maximus forms most of the buttocks. The gluteus maximus is able to extend the upper leg, spread it, and turn it outward. Basically anything that has to do with the movement of our hip and thighs relies on this muscle.

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georgeyo | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted September 18, 2012 at 1:43 PM (Answer #28)

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The Basil

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keva15 | eNoter

Posted October 4, 2012 at 9:27 PM (Answer #34)

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the gluteus maximus

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shanaxx | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted October 8, 2012 at 11:07 AM (Answer #29)

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Buttock muscle(gluetius maximas)

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suzannah304 | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted October 8, 2012 at 12:15 PM (Answer #30)

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buttock muscle should be the largest muscle.

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w0413860 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted October 15, 2012 at 4:46 PM (Answer #32)

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Gluteus maximus (your bottom)

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Yojana_Thapa | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted January 25, 2014 at 10:32 PM (Answer #38)

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The Glutious Maximus muscle is the largest muscle.

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parama9000 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted January 26, 2014 at 2:10 PM (Answer #39)

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The buttocks or gluteus maximus muscles are arguably the largest. As for endurance, in another sense, the heart would be the strongest muscle per se, running 24/7

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Jyotsana | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted February 22, 2014 at 1:46 AM (Answer #40)

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The largest muscle in the human body is gluteus maximus. The large muscle in the buttocks keep us stand, run and many other things.

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nicole8923 | Student, Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted February 26, 2014 at 7:50 PM (Answer #41)

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The largest muscle in the human body is Glutius Maximus.

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atyourservice | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted April 1, 2014 at 12:10 AM (Answer #42)

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 buttock muscle

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted April 29, 2014 at 4:48 AM (Answer #43)

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Many sources have stated this fact that the gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in the human body. It is large and powerful because it has the job of keeping the trunk of the body in an erect posture. It is the chief antigravity muscle that aids in walking up stairs.

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acompanioninthetardis | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted May 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM (Answer #44)

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The gluteus maximus is the strongest muscle in the body. it is responsible for holding your body up in an erect position. 

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arrellbelle | Student, College Sophomore | Valedictorian

Posted June 6, 2014 at 3:39 PM (Answer #45)

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The gluteus maximus should be considered the biggest muscle of all 639 known and named muscles within the human body.

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ik9744 | TA , Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted June 26, 2014 at 7:16 AM (Answer #47)

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The largest muscle in our body is the Gluteus Maximus. Also known as the muscle in your buttock. 

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rachellopez | TA , Grade 12 | Valedictorian

Posted June 26, 2014 at 7:21 PM (Answer #48)

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The human body has three types of muscle: smooth, cardiac and skeletal. There are over 600 different muscles in the body which all help your body move around. The largest muscle in the body is the gluteus maximus. The reason it is the largest muscle is so it can help your body stay upright and help your hips and legs move.

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acompanioninthetardis | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted June 30, 2014 at 7:09 PM (Answer #49)

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its supposed to be the gluteus maximus muscle. 

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crystaltu001 | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted July 6, 2014 at 7:13 AM (Answer #50)

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The gluteus maximus muscle

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taangerine | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted July 14, 2014 at 4:50 AM (Answer #51)

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The Gluteus maximus (butt) muscle is the largest muscle in the human body. It is especially important when we walk up hill or climb.

PICTURE THIS: I don't know if you ever noticed this, but when you go rock climbing, our butt is slightly arched outwards. It is supposed to help keep the rest of our body in balance when we climb. 

On the side note, the tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body!

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maria-vivanco | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted July 30, 2014 at 10:43 PM (Answer #52)

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Buttock muscle

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givingiswinning | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted July 31, 2014 at 12:03 PM (Answer #53)

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The Glutious Maximus

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aneesh123 | Student | Honors

Posted July 26, 2012 at 11:14 AM (Answer #33)

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the buttock muscle

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nalinidwivedi | Student, College Freshman | Honors

Posted January 23, 2013 at 1:13 PM (Answer #35)

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thigh muscle

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BuRaK_114 | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted January 7, 2013 at 9:16 AM (Answer #36)

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"quadriceps femoris and gluteus maximus" muscle. It's aim: stay, run and stan up. 

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