[kruhs, kroos]

noun, plural cru·ra [kroo r-uh] /ˈkrʊər ə/. Anatomy, Zoology.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for crura

tibia, shin, meat, leg, stem, stalk, shank, shinbone, cnemis

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the plural of crus


noun plural crura (ˈkrʊərə)

anatomy the leg, esp from the knee to the foot
(usually plural) leglike parts or structures

Word Origin for crus

C17: from Latin: leg
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crura in Medicine


[krōōs, krŭs]

n. pl. cru•ra (krurə)

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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