[hyoo-mer-uh l or, often, yoo-]


Anatomy, Zoology. of or relating to the humerus or brachium.
of or relating to the shoulder.

Origin of humeral

1605–15; < Latin (h)umer(us) humerus + -al1; compare Late Latin (h)umerāle shoulder covering, cape
Related formspost·hu·mer·al, adjectivesub·hu·mer·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for humeral

Historical Examples of humeral

  • Humeral bristles: in Diptera, are situated on the humeral callus.

  • In the experience of the author, recovery has not occurred in humeral fractures.

    Lameness of the Horse

    John Victor Lacroix

  • The humeral head, which is turned forwards and a little inwards, is convex and elongated in the vertical direction.

  • As in man, the great tuberosity does not reach so high as the humeral head, but it approaches more nearly to that level.

  • The kings and knaves wear the Byzantine humeral, and the Chrysoclavus pattern is carved on their chairs.

    Needlework As Art

    Marian Alford

British Dictionary definitions for humeral



anatomy of or relating to the humerus
of or near the shoulder
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Word Origin and History for humeral

1610s; see humerus + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for humeral




Of, relating to, or located in the region of the humerus or the shoulder.
Relating to or being a body part analogous to the humerus.
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