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longissimus (plural longissimi)

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  1. (anatomy) The muscle lateral to the semispinalis; the longest subdivision of the sacrospinalis that extends forward into the transverse processes of the posterior cervical vertebrae.
    • 1967, University of Missouri - Columbia, Agricultural Experiment Station, Research Bulletin (issues 912-929, page 35)
      Bull carcasses have greater longissimus muscle area per unit weight, less trimmable fat, and, consequently, a higher yield of retailable meat than either steer or heifer carcasses.



longissimus (superlative of longus)

  1. longest or very long
  2. furthest or very far


First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative longissimus longissima longissimum longissimī longissimae longissima
genitive longissimī longissimae longissimī longissimōrum longissimārum longissimōrum
dative longissimō longissimō longissimīs
accusative longissimum longissimam longissimum longissimōs longissimās longissima
ablative longissimō longissimā longissimō longissimīs
vocative longissime longissima longissimum longissimī longissimae longissima

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