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[hyoo-mer-uh s or, often, yoo-]
noun, plural hu·mer·i [hyoo-muh-rahy, or, often, yoo-] /ˈhyu məˌraɪ, or, often, ˈyu-/. Anatomy.
  1. the long bone in the arm of humans extending from the shoulder to the elbow.
  2. brachium.
  3. 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
Can be confusedhumerus humorous
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noun plural -meri (-məˌraɪ)
  1. the bone that extends from the shoulder to the elbow
  2. the corresponding bone in other vertebrates
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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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humerus in Medicine


n. pl. hu•mer•i (-mə-rī′)
  1. The long bone of the arm or forelimb, extending from the shoulder to the elbow.
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humerus in Science


Plural humeri (hyōōmər-ī′)
  1. The bone of the upper arm or the upper portion of the foreleg. See more at skeleton.
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