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.
- fib·u·lar, adjective
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How to use fibula in a sentence
If fibulae were metal clasps, however, we have several varieties of ancient fibulae that might have been used for closing wounds.Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times | John Stewart Milne
Gold fibulae of circular form are found in the Kentish barrows, frequently ornamented with real or fictitious gems.English Villages | P. H. Ditchfield
There is no girdle, the arms are bare, no fibulae are shown.
They are far from being loose or trailing; no pins or fibulae appear.
The Spartan evidence for the pin and fibulae covers the later range of dates.
British Dictionary definitions for fibula
the outer and thinner of the two bones between the knee and ankle of the human leg: Compare tibia
the corresponding bone in other vertebrates
a metal brooch resembling a safety pin, often highly decorated, common in Europe after 1300 bc
- fibular, adjective
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Scientific definitions for fibula
The smaller of the two bones of the lower leg or lower portion of the hind leg. See more at skeleton.
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