[ hyoo-mer-uh s or, often, yoo- ]
/ ˈhyu mər əs or, often, ˈyu- /

noun, plural hu·mer·i [hyoo-muh-rahy, or, often, yoo-] /ˈhyu məˌraɪ, or, often, ˈyu-/. 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.


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Origin of humerus

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin (h)umerus shoulder; cognate with Greek ômos, Gothic ams, Sanskrit ámsas


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British Dictionary definitions for humerus

/ (ˈhjuːmərəs) /

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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Medical definitions for humerus

[ hyōōmər-əs ]

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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Scientific definitions for humerus

[ hyōōmər-əs ]

Plural humeri (hyōōmər-ī′)

The bone of the upper arm or the upper portion of the foreleg. See more at skeleton.
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