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[tib-ee-uh] /ˈtɪb i ə/
noun, plural tibiae
[tib-ee-ee] /ˈtɪb iˌi/ (Show IPA),
Anatomy. the inner of the two bones of the leg, that extend from the knee to the ankle and articulate with the femur and the talus; shinbone.
  1. a corresponding bone in a horse or other hoofed quadruped, extending from the stifle to the hock.
  2. (in insects) the fourth segment of the leg, between the femur and tarsus.
Origin of tibia
First recorded in 1685-95, tibia is from the Latin word tībia literally, reed pipe
Related forms
tibial, adjective
posttibial, adjective
pretibial, adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) tibiae (ˈtɪbɪˌiː), tibias
Also called shinbone. the inner and thicker of the two bones of the human leg between the knee and ankle Compare fibula
the corresponding bone in other vertebrates
the fourth segment of an insect's leg, lying between the femur and the tarsus
Derived Forms
tibial, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: leg, pipe
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Word Origin and History for tibia

lower leg bone, 1726, from Latin tibia "shinbone," also "pipe, flute," in which sense it originally came into English (1540s). Of unknown origin. The Latin plural is tibiæ.

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tibia in Medicine

tibia tib·i·a (tĭb'ē-ə)
n. pl. tib·i·as or tib·i·ae (-ē-ē')
The inner and larger of the two bones of the lower leg, extending from the knee to the ankle, and articulating with the femur, fibula, and talus. Also called shinbone.

tib'i·al adj.
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tibia in Science
The larger of the two bones of the lower leg or lower portion of the hind leg. See more at skeleton.
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