fibula [ fib-y uh-l uh ] SHOW IPA / ˈfɪb yə lə / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun, plural fib·u·lae [ fib-y uh-lee], /ˈfɪb yəˌli/, fib·u·las. 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. QUIZZES QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!
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Origin of fibula
1665–75; <New Latin; Latin
bolt, pin, clasp, probably <
), early form of
suffix denoting instrument; the bone so called from its resemblance to the tongue of a clasp
OTHER WORDS FROM fibula fib·u·lar, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for fibula
fibulae were metal clasps, however, we have several varieties of ancient fibulae that might have been used for closing wounds.
fibulae of circular form are found in the Kentish barrows, frequently ornamented with real or fictitious gems.
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. noun plural -lae ( -ˌliː) or -las 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 Derived forms of fibula fibular, adjective Word Origin for fibula
C17: from Latin: clasp, probably from
fīgere to fasten
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n. pl. fib•u•las 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 Other words from fibula fib ( ′u•lar -lər) adj.
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Plural fibulae ( fĭb) ′yə-lē′ fibulas 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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