- the part of the leg or hind limb between the femur or thigh and the ankle or tarsus; shank.
- a limb or process, as of a bone or other structure.
- any of various parts likened to a leg or to a pair of legs.
Origin of crus
1680–90; < Latin: leg, shank
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Examples from the Web for crura
The crura in other monkeys do not diverge so much as in man and anthropoid apes.The Vertebrate Skeleton
Sidney H. Reynolds
If, however, it be firmly fixed, its crura will probably be broken.
They are continuous with a similar layer of fibres on the floor of the mid-brain, where they constitute the crura cerebri.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)
Francis Maitland Balfour
Crura longiora digito medio, qui digito exteriori ad basin annectitur.Zoological Illustrations, Volume III
Crura cerebri: two large cords that connect the supra- with the sub-oesophageal ganglion.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
- the plural of crus
- anatomy the leg, esp from the knee to the foot
- (usually plural) leglike parts or structures
C17: from Latin: leg
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
- The section of the leg between the knee and foot; lower leg; shank.
- A body part consisting of elongated masses or diverging bands that resemble legs or roots.
- Either of a pair of diverging bands or elongated masses.
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