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fibula

[ fib-yuh-luh ]

noun

, plural fib·u·lae [fib, -y, uh, -lee], fib·u·las.
  1. Anatomy. the outer and thinner of the two bones of the human leg, extending from the knee to the ankle.
  2. Zoology. a corresponding bone, often rudimentary or ankylosed with the tibia, of the leg or hind limb of an animal.
  3. a clasp or brooch, often ornamented, used by the ancient Greeks and Romans.


fibula

/ ˈfɪbjʊlə /

noun

  1. the outer and thinner of the two bones between the knee and ankle of the human leg Compare tibia
  2. the corresponding bone in other vertebrates
  3. a metal brooch resembling a safety pin, often highly decorated, common in Europe after 1300 bc


fibula

/ fĭbyə-lə /

, Plural fibulae fĭbyə-lē′

  1. The smaller of the two bones of the lower leg or lower portion of the hind leg.
  2. See more at skeleton


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Derived Forms

  • ˈfibular, adjective
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Other Words From

  • fibu·lar adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of fibula1

1665–75; < New Latin; Latin fībula bolt, pin, clasp, probably < *fīvibula, equivalent to fīv ( ere ), early form of fīgere to fasten, fix + -i- -i- + -bula suffix denoting instrument; the bone so called from its resemblance to the tongue of a clasp
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Word History and Origins

Origin of fibula1

C17: from Latin: clasp, probably from fīgere to fasten
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Example Sentences

While Bellinger has battled through a fractured fibula and hamstring issues for much of the season, the deterioration in his output remains startling.

A week later, she saw an orthopedic doctor who diagnosed a stress fracture in her fibula.

The Washington Wizards lost yet another starter to injury when Deni Avdija was diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his right fibula following an MRI exam Thursday, effectively ending the forward’s rookie season after 54 games.

Woods, who was involved in a single-car crash while driving on a Southern California road, broke his right leg in multiple places, and surgeons stabilized his tibia and fibula bones by inserting a rod into the tibia.

This specimen (fig. 190) is a fibula or pin, one of the commonest objects of Etruscan, Greek, or Roman dress.

Fig. 190 shows an Etruscan bronze fibula with two Swastikas and two Maltese crosses in the pin shield.

A bronze fibula (fig. 199) is in the museum at Mayence, the body of which has the form of the normal Swastika.

A small though good example of Etruscan work is shown in the gold fibula (fig. 187).

Medallion-shaped fibula, of fine granulated work, with figures of sirens in relief, and set with dark blue pastes.

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