[ nuhk-uh l-bohn ]
/ ˈnʌk əlˌboʊn /


(in humans) any of the bones forming a knuckle of a finger.
(in quadrupeds) a bone homologous with a wrist, ankle, or finger bone of humans, or its knobbed end.

Origin of knucklebone

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at knuckle, bone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for knucklebones (1 of 2)


/ (ˈnʌkəlˌbəʊnz) /


(functioning as singular) a less common name for jacks

British Dictionary definitions for knucklebones (2 of 2)


/ (ˈnʌkəlˌbəʊn) /


any bone forming part of a knuckle or knuckle joint
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Medicine definitions for knucklebones


[ nŭkəl-bōn′ ]


A knobbed bone, as of a knuckle or joint.
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