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olecranon

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

OTHER WORDS FROM olecranon

o·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 olecranon

olecranon
/ (əʊˈlɛkrəˌnɒn, ˌəʊlɪˈkreɪnən) /

noun
anatomy the bony projection of the ulna behind the elbow joint

Derived forms of olecranon

olecranal (əʊˈlɛkrənəl, ˌəʊlɪˈkreɪnəl), adjective

Word Origin for olecranon

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

olecranon
[ ō-lĕkrə-nŏn′ ]

n.
The large process on the upper end of the ulna that projects behind the elbow joint and forms the point of the elbow.

Other words from olecranon

o•lecra•nal (-nəl) null null adj.
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