- 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.
- a corresponding bone in a horse or other hoofed quadruped, extending from the stifle to the hock.
- (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
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Examples from the Web for tibiae
In the second burial most of the two tibiae and parts of both femora remained, their position strongly suggesting flexure.
Under the stimulus of a straw, I see her legs move a little, especially the lower joints, the tibiae and tarsi.More Hunting Wasps
J. Henri Fabre
Tibiae, feet and the femoral patagium reddish marbled with white.A New Name for the Mexican Red Bat
E. Raymond Hall
The skeleton is complete down to the distal ends of the tibiae; the more distal bones are in the skin.American Weasels
E. Raymond Hall
The bulk of the dissociated bone consisted of tibiae or femora.
- Also called: shinbone the inner and thicker of the two bones of the human leg between the knee and ankleCompare fibula
- the corresponding bone in other vertebrates
- the fourth segment of an insect's leg, lying between the femur and the tarsus
C16: from Latin: leg, pipe
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Word Origin and History for tibiae
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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.shinbone
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- 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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