ulna

[ uhl-nuh ]
/ ˈʌl nə /
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noun, plural ul·nae [uhl-nee] /ˈʌl ni/, ul·nas.

Anatomy. the bone of the forearm on the side opposite to the thumb.Compare radius(def 7).
a corresponding bone in the forelimb of other vertebrates.

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Origin of ulna

1835–45; < Latin: elbow; akin to Greek ōlénē, Old English eln ell2
Related formsul·nar, adjectivepost·ul·nar, adjective
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Examples from the Web for ulnae

  • The bones on which this species is founded are a pair of ulnae, one radius, four metatarsi, and one coracoid.

    Extinct Birds|Walter Rothschild

British Dictionary definitions for ulnae

ulna

/ (ˈʌlnə) /

noun plural -nae (-niː) or -nas

the inner and longer of the two bones of the human forearm
the corresponding bone in other vertebrates
Derived Formsulnar, adjective

Word Origin for ulna

C16: from Latin: elbow, ell 1
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Word Origin and History for ulnae

ulna


n.

inner bone of the forearm, 1540s, Latin, literally "elbow;" related to Old English eln (see elbow (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for ulnae

ulna

[ ŭlnə ]

n. pl. ul•nas

The larger bone of the two bones of the forearm, extending from elbow to wrist on the side opposite the thumb.cubitus elbow bone
Related formsulnar adj.
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Science definitions for ulnae

ulna

[ ŭlnə ]

Plural ulnas ulnae (ŭl)

The longer of the two bones of the forearm or lower portion of the foreleg. See more at skeleton.
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