- Anatomy. the outer and thinner of the two bones of the human leg, extending from the knee to the ankle.
- Zoology. a corresponding bone, often rudimentary or ankylosed with the tibia, of the leg or hind limb of an animal.
- a clasp or brooch, often ornamented, used by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
Origin of fibula
Related Words for fibulaclamp, clip, catch, harness, fastening, hasp, clasp, fibula, grip, hug, pin, snap, clutch, buckle, clinch, brooch, grapple, embrace, clench, grasp
Examples from the Web for fibula
Historical Examples of fibula
The fibula appears to be in the same condition as in the horse.
But think of gradation, even now manifest, (Tibia and Fibula).The Foundations of the Origin of Species
In the bird, the fibula is small and its lower end diminishes to a point.Lectures on Evolution
Thomas Henry Huxley
That is a fibula, Cora, such as I saw in a museum in Norway.Peak's Island
The first (a) is on a fibula from Etruria (fig. 190 of this paper).The Swastika
- the outer and thinner of the two bones between the knee and ankle of the human legCompare tibia
- the corresponding bone in other vertebrates
- a metal brooch resembling a safety pin, often highly decorated, common in Europe after 1300 bc
Word Origin for fibula
1670s, "clasp, buckle, brooch;" 1706 as "smaller bone in the lower leg," from Latin fibula "clasp, brooch," related to figere "to fasten, fix" (see fix (v.)).
Used in reference to the outer leg bone as a loan-translation of Greek perone "small bone in the lower leg," originally "clasp, brooch; anything pointed for piercing or pinning;" the bone was so called because it resembles a clasp like a modern safety pin.
- The outer, narrower, and smaller of the two bones of the human lower leg, extending from the knee to the ankle, and articulating with the tibia above and the tibia and talus below.calf bone
- The smaller of the two bones of the lower leg or lower portion of the hind leg. See more at skeleton.