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[ oh-lek-ruh-non, oh-li-krey-non ]
/ oʊˈlɛk rəˌnɒn, ˌoʊ lɪˈkreɪ nɒn /

noun Anatomy.

the part of the ulna beyond the elbow joint.

Nearby words

olean, oleander, olearia, oleaster, oleate, olecranon, oled, olefiant gas, olefin, olefin fiber, olefin series

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for olecranon


/ (əʊˈlɛkrəˌnɒn, ˌəʊlɪˈkreɪnən) /


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

Word Origin for olecranon

C18: from Greek, shortened from ōlenokrānon, from ōlenē elbow + krānion head
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Medicine definitions for olecranon


[ ō-lĕkrə-nŏn′ ]


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