steatopygia
noun Etymology: New Latin, from steat-, stear + Greek pygē buttocks Date: 1879 an excessive development of fat on the buttocks that occurs especially among women of the Hottentots and some black peoples • steatopygous or steatopygic adjective

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  • steatopygia — abnormal accumulation of fat on the buttocks of certain races, 1822, Mod.L., from steato fat, tallow, from Gk. stear (gen. steatos) solid fat, suet + Gk. pyge buttocks …   Etymology dictionary

  • steatopygia — [stē΄ətä′pə jēstē΄ə tō pij′ē ə, stē΄ə tōpī′jē ə] n. [ModL < Gr stear (see STEATOLYSIS) + pygē, buttocks < IE base * pu , to swell > L pustula: see PUSTULE] the condition of having a heavy deposit of fat in the buttocks or thighs, as in… …   English World dictionary

  • Steatopygia — [http://content.answers.com/main/content/ahd4/pron/S0728900.wav Steatopygia] (IPAEng|stiˌætəˈpɪdʒiə) is a high degree of fat accumulation in and around the buttocks. The deposit of fat is not confined to the gluteal regions, but extends to the… …   Wikipedia

  • steatopygia — steatopygic /stee at euh pij ik, stee euh teuh /, steatopygous /stee at euh puy geuhs, stee euh top euh geuhs, stee euh teuh puy /, adj. /stee at euh puy jee euh, stee euh teuh /, n. extreme accumulation of fat on and about the buttocks, esp. of… …   Universalium

  • steatopygia — noun an excessive accumulation of fat on the buttocks See Also: steatopygous, steatopygian …   Wiktionary

  • steatopygia — ste·ato·py·gia .stē ət ə pij ē əalso stē .at ō , pī j(ē )ə n an accumulation of a large amount of fat on the buttocks ste·ato·py·gous pī gəs or ste·ato·py·gic pij ikalso pī jik adj * * * n. the accumulation of large quantities of fat in the… …   Medical dictionary

  • steatopygia — n. accumulation of fat on the buttocks …   English contemporary dictionary

  • steatopygia — [ˌstɪətə(ʊ) pɪdʒɪə] noun accumulation of large amounts of fat on the buttocks, especially as a normal condition in the Khoikhoi and other peoples of arid parts of southern Africa. Derivatives steatopygous ˌstɪətə(ʊ) pʌɪgəs, ˌstɪə tɒpɪgəs… …   English new terms dictionary

  • steatopygia — ste·a·to·pygia …   English syllables

  • steatopygia — n. the accumulation of large quantities of fat in the buttocks. In the Hottentots of Africa this is a normal condition, thought to be an adaptation that allows fat storage without impeding heat loss from the rest of the body …   The new mediacal dictionary

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