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.
- tro·chan·ter·ic [troh-kuhn-ter-ik], /ˌtroʊ kənˈtɛr ɪk/, tro·chan·ter·al, adjective
- sub·tro·chan·ter·ic, adjective
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How to use trochanter in a sentence
The first of these is called the 'coxa', and is succeeded by a short joint called the 'trochanter'.The New Gresham Encyclopedia | Various
The internal trochanter was also fractured in four small pieces.Lameness of the Horse | John Victor Lacroix
Coxa, smooth; trochanter with large protuberance ending in a heavy spine on the outer edge.
The trochanter, femur and tibia are covered with stout simple hairs of varying length.
It is noteworthy, however, that this genus retains the third trochanter to the femur, which is lost in Nimravus.
British Dictionary definitions for trochanter
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
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