noun, plural fib·u·lae [fib-yuh-lee] /ˈfɪb yəˌli/, fib·u·las.
Origin of fibula
Examples from the Web for fibula
The development of the fibula in general corresponds to that of the ulna.
This tendon and the proximal end of the muscle pass between the head of the fibula and the outer cnemial crest.Myology and Serology of the Avian Family Fringillidae|William B. Stallcup
The fibula is complete, but is generally fused with the tibia proximally.
The odontoid process of the second vertebra is pig-like: and the tibia and fibula and radius and ulna are severally distinct.
In the posterior limb the tibia and the hallux are pre-axial, the fibula and the fifth toe are postaxial.
British Dictionary definitions for fibula
noun plural -lae (-ˌliː) or -las
Word Origin for fibula
Word Origin and History 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.