[ tib-ee-uh ]
/ ˈtɪb i ə /

noun, plural tib·i·ae [tib-ee-ee] /ˈtɪb iˌi/, tib·i·as.

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.
  1. a corresponding bone in a horse or other hoofed quadruped, extending from the stifle to the hock.
  2. (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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British Dictionary definitions for tibia

/ (ˈtɪbɪə) /

noun plural tibiae (ˈtɪbɪˌiː) or tibias

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

Derived forms of tibia

tibial, adjective

Word Origin for tibia

C16: from Latin: leg, pipe
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Medical definitions for tibia

[ tĭbē-ə ]

n. pl. tib•i•as

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

Other words from tibia

tibi•al adj.
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Scientific definitions for tibia

[ tĭbē-ə ]

The larger of the two bones of the lower leg or lower portion of the hind leg. See more at skeleton.
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