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femur

[fee-mer]
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noun, plural fe·murs, fem·o·ra [fem-er-uh] /ˈfɛm ər ə/.
  1. Anatomy. a bone in the human leg extending from the pelvis to the knee, that is the longest, largest, and strongest in the body; thighbone.
  2. Zoology. a corresponding bone of the leg or hind limb of an animal.
  3. Entomology. the third segment of the leg of an insect (counting from the base), situated between the trochanter and the tibia.

Origin of femur

1555–65; < Latin: thigh
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Examples from the Web for femora

Historical Examples

  • The femora of all the legs are striped lengthwise with brown and yellow.

    The Common Spiders of the United States

    James Henry Emerton

  • The palpi (fig. 206) have the femora black and the patella white.

  • The legs have dark rings on the ends and middle of the femora and tibiæ.

  • The distance between the heads of the two humeri is practically the same as the distance between the femora.

  • Guinea-pigs which were thus treated showed no microscopic signs of scurvy in any of the ribs, in the tibi or the femora.

    Scurvy Past and Present

    Alfred Fabian Hess


British Dictionary definitions for femora

femur

noun plural femurs or femora (ˈfɛmərə)
  1. the longest thickest bone of the human skeleton, articulating with the pelvis above and the knee belowNontechnical name: thighbone
  2. the corresponding bone in other vertebrates
  3. the segment of an insect's leg nearest to the body

Word Origin

C18: from Latin: thigh
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Word Origin and History for femora

femur

n.

1560s, from Latin femur "thigh," of unknown origin; borrowed first as an architectural term, 1799 as "thighbone."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

femora in Medicine

femur

(fēmər)
n. pl. fe•murs
  1. thigh
  2. The long bone of the thigh, and the longest and strongest bone in the human body, situated between the pelvis and the knee and articulating with the hipbone and with the tibia and patella.thighbone

femora in Science

femur

[fēmər]
  1. The long bone of the thigh or of the upper portion of the hind leg. See more at skeleton.
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