noun, plural fib·u·lae [fib-yuh-lee] /ˈfɪb yəˌli/, fib·u·las.
Origin of fibula
Examples from the Web for fibular
Historical Examples of fibular
The fibular crest is longitudinal on the lateral surface of the tibiotarsus and fuses with the middle part of the fibula.
The fibular tubercle is small and on the lateral surface of the fibula near the level of the middle of the fibular crest.
The fibular arm (broadest of the three) passes deep to, and fused with, the common tendon of origin of the lateral heads of Mm.
The ball lies on the fibular side superficially, just in front of the fibula.
As the fibular shadow is about the normal size and clearly outlined, the fibular side of the leg lay next to the plate.
noun plural -lae (-ˌliː) or -las
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.