[ troh-kan-ter ]
/ troʊˈkæn tər /
Anatomy. either of two knobs at the top of the femur, the greater on the outside and the lesser on the inside, serving for the attachment of muscles between the thigh and pelvis.
Zoology. any similar prominence on the femur in many other vertebrates.
Entomology. (in an insect) the usually small second segment of the leg, between the coxa and femur.
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Origin of trochanter
1605–15; < New Latin < Greek trochantḗr ball on which the hip bone turns in its socket
OTHER WORDS FROM trochantertro·chan·ter·ic [troh-kuh n-ter-ik] /ˌtroʊ kənˈtɛr ɪk/, tro·chan·ter·al, adjectivesub·tro·chan·ter·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for subtrochanteric
/ (trəʊˈkæntə) /
any of several processes on the upper part of the vertebrate femur, to which muscles are attached
the third segment of an insect's leg
Word Origin for trochanter
C17: via French from Greek trokhantēr, from trekhein to run
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Medical definitions for subtrochanteric
[ trō-kăn′tər ]
Any of several bony processes on the upper part of the femur.
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