humerus [ hyoo-mer- uh s , or, often yoo-] EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural hu·mer·i . [ hyoo-m uh-rahy, , or, often yoo-] /ˈhyu məˌraɪ, , ˈyu-/ or, often . Anatomy 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 1350–1400; Middle English < Latin ( h)umerus shoulder; cognate with Greek ômos, Gothic ams, Sanskrit ámsas
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The distance between the heads of the two
humeri is practically the same as the distance between the femora.
humeri are also bones with strong muscular crests, and the ulnæ are smooth and long.
The relics discovered consist of the brain cap, two femori, two
humeri, and other fragments.
Messrs. Newton and Gadow describe this species from four metatarsi, three tibiae, and two
In thirteen others, the
humeri only were hollow, and among these were several Birds of short flight. British Dictionary definitions for humeri noun plural -meri ( -məˌraɪ) the bone that extends from the shoulder to the elbow the corresponding bone in other vertebrates Word Origin for humerus
C17: from Latin
umerus; related to Gothic ams shoulder, Greek ōmos
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Word Origin and History for humeri n.
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").
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n. pl. hu•mer•i ( -mə-rī′) The long bone of the arm or forelimb, extending from the shoulder to the elbow.
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Plural humeri ( hyōō) ′mər-ī′ The bone of the upper arm or the upper portion of the foreleg. See more at skeleton.
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