- 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 humerus
Historical Examples of humerus
Isn't it at the lower third of the humerus, where the flexors divide?Barrington
Charles James Lever
Entry and exit, in the upper third of the arm internal to the humerus.
There was no evident displacement of the head of the humerus forwards.
This is met with chiefly in the humerus and in the clavicle.
There had apparently been a fracture of the lower end of the humerus.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
- 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 humerus
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.