- Anatomy. the inner of the two bones of the leg, that extend from the knee to the ankle and articulate with the femur and the talus; shinbone.
- a corresponding bone in a horse or other hoofed quadruped, extending from the stifle to the hock.
- (in insects) the fourth segment of the leg, between the femur and tarsus.
Origin of tibia
First recorded in 1685–95, tibia is from the Latin word tībia literally, reed pipe
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Examples from the Web for tibia
An x-ray two hours later confirms my hunch: my tibia (the big bone behind the shin) is snapped clean in two.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
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She bit off his left front tarsus and consumed the tibia and femur.The Truth About Woman
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Gonytheca: articulating surface of femur to which the tibia is joined.
Coronula: a circle or semicircle of spines at the apex of the tibia.
Pollex: a thumb: the stout fixed spur at inside of tip of tibia.
But think of gradation, even now manifest, (Tibia and Fibula).The Foundations of the Origin of Species
- Also called: shinbone the inner and thicker of the two bones of the human leg between the knee and ankleCompare fibula
- the corresponding bone in other vertebrates
- the fourth segment of an insect's leg, lying between the femur and the tarsus
C16: from Latin: leg, pipe
Word Origin and History for tibia
lower leg bone, 1726, from Latin tibia "shinbone," also "pipe, flute," in which sense it originally came into English (1540s). Of unknown origin. The Latin plural is tibiæ.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The inner and larger of the two bones of the lower leg, extending from the knee to the ankle, and articulating with the femur, fibula, and talus.shinbone
- The larger of the two bones of the lower leg or lower portion of the hind leg. See more at skeleton.