- the long bone in the arm of humans extending from the shoulder to the elbow.
- Zoology. a corresponding bone, structure, or region in the forelimbs of other animals or in the wings of birds or insects.
Origin of humerus
Examples from the Web for humeri
Historical Examples of humeri
The distance between the heads of the two humeri is practically the same as the distance between the femora.Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting
William T. Hornaday
The humeri are also bones with strong muscular crests, and the ulnæ are smooth and long.Notes on the Fenland
T. McKenny Huges
The relics discovered consist of the brain cap, two femori, two humeri, and other fragments.Man And His Ancestor
Messrs. Newton and Gadow describe this species from four metatarsi, three tibiae, and two humeri.Extinct Birds
In thirteen others, the humeri only were hollow, and among these were several Birds of short flight.Eccentricities of the Animal Creation.
- the bone that extends from the shoulder to the elbow
- the corresponding bone in other vertebrates
Word Origin for humerus
Word Origin and History for humeri
1706, "bone of the upper arm," originally (14c.) "shoulder," a misspelled borrowing of Latin umerus "shoulder," from PIE *om(e)so- (cf. Sanskrit amsah, Greek omos, Old Norse ass, Gothic ams "shoulder").
- The long bone of the arm or forelimb, extending from the shoulder to the elbow.
- The bone of the upper arm or the upper portion of the foreleg. See more at skeleton.