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 (stē-ăt′ə-pĭj′ē-ə, -pī′jē-ə)
An extreme accumulation of fat on the buttocks.

[steato- + Greek pugē, rump + -ia.]

ste′a·to·pyg′ic (stē′ă-tə-pĭj′ĭk, -pī′jĭk), ste′a·to·py′gous (-pī′gəs) adj.


(ˌstɪətəʊˈpɪdʒɪə; -ˈpaɪ-) or


(Medicine) excessive fatness of the buttocks
[C19: from New Latin, from steato- + Greek pugē the buttocks]
steatopygic, steatopygous adj


(stiˌæt əˈpaɪ dʒi ə)

extreme accumulation of fat on and about the buttocks.
[1855–60; steato- + Greek pȳg(ḗ) buttocks + -ia -ia]
ste•at`o•pyg′ic (-ˈpɪdʒ ɪk) ste•at`o•py′gous (-ˈpaɪ gəs) adj.

steatopygia, steatopygy

excessive fatness of the hips and buttocks. Cf. callipygia.steatopygic, adj.
See also: Body, Human
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.steatopygia - an extreme accumulation of fat on the buttocks
fatness, avoirdupois, blubber, fat - excess bodily weight; "she disliked fatness in herself as well as in others"
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The historical creation of the "disease" steatopygia by white scientists, who analyzed the bodies and shapes of Saartjie Baartman and other African women, was used to define the "unnatural," "protrusion" and "disproportionate" shape of the black buttocks as pathological, primitive, and sexually deviant (Gilman 1985).
Her steatopygia and enlarged labia were of particular interest, obsession, and mutilation, even after her death, as she was used for scientific experimentation.
Secondly, as a figure who is pure body, a body that is tortured, she stands in contrast to my playfully echolalic treatment of steatopygia as a motif in the novel.