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.
- humerus , humorous
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How to use humerus in a sentence
The humerus bones were stronger in hatchlings than in many adults.Baby pterosaurs may have been able to fly right after hatching | Carolyn Gramling | September 15, 2021 | Science News For Students
The hatchlings’ humerus bones were surprisingly stronger than those of many of the adults, the team found.Pterosaurs may have been able to fly as soon as they hatched | Carolyn Gramling | July 22, 2021 | Science News
In particular, they zeroed in on one wing bone, the humerus.Pterosaurs may have been able to fly as soon as they hatched | Carolyn Gramling | July 22, 2021 | Science News
The distal aspect of her left humerus was sticking out of the front of her arm.New Orleans Shooting: I Saw the Mother’s Day Parade Gunman | Jarratt Pytell | May 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Far more likely is every twisted ankle in Dubuque and every fractured humerus in Dallas ending up on the Internet.Kevin Ware’s Broken Leg Will Live On in the Annals of Grisly Injuries | Kent Sepkowitz | April 1, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He slowly improved with the exception of a pain in the left humerus, anteriorily, and in the upper part of the middle third.Report on Surgery to the Santa Clara County Medical Society | Joseph Bradford Cox
The shaft of the humerus is always stouter than that of the femur, though different genera differ in this respect.
Fourthly, the prolongation of the coracoid bone beyond the articulation for the humerus, as in a Bird.
The metacarpal bones are much longer than the bones of the fore-arm, and about twice the length of the humerus.
The ball must therefore be very near the plate and behind the head of the humerus.Gunshot Roentgenograms | Clyde S. Ford
British Dictionary definitions for humerus
the bone that extends from the shoulder to the elbow
the corresponding bone in other vertebrates
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Scientific definitions for humerus
The bone of the upper arm or the upper portion of the foreleg. See more at skeleton.
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