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[oh-lek-ruh-non, oh-li-krey-non]
noun Anatomy.
  1. the part of the ulna beyond the elbow joint.
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Origin of olecranon

1720–30; < New Latin < Greek ōlékrānon point of the elbow, short for ōlenókrānon, equivalent to ōlén(ē) elbow + -o- -o- + krān(íon) head (see cranium) + -on neuter noun suffix
Related formso·lec·ra·nal [oh-lek-ruh-nl, oh-li-kreyn-l] /oʊˈlɛk rə nl, ˌoʊ lɪˈkreɪn l/, o·le·cra·ni·al, o·le·cra·ni·an, o·le·cra·ni·oid, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for olecranal


  1. anatomy the bony projection of the ulna behind the elbow joint
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Derived Formsolecranal (əʊˈlɛkrənəl, ˌəʊlɪˈkreɪnəl), adjective

Word Origin for olecranon

C18: from Greek, shortened from ōlenokrānon, from ōlenē elbow + krānion head
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olecranal in Medicine


  1. The large process on the upper end of the ulna that projects behind the elbow joint and forms the point of the elbow.
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Related formso•lecra•nal (-nəl) null null adj.
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