[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. humeral,
  2. humeral veil,
  3. humeroradial,
  4. humeroscapular,
  5. humeroulnar,
  6. humic,
  7. humic acid,
  8. humicole,
  9. humicolous,
  10. humid

Origin of humerus

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

Can be confusedhumerus humorous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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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").

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Medicine 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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Science 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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