- 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.
Origin of ulna
1835–45; < Latin: elbow; akin to Greek ōlénē, Old English eln ell2
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The bones on which this species is founded are a pair of ulnae, one radius, four metatarsi, and one coracoid.Extinct Birds
- the inner and longer of the two bones of the human forearm
- the corresponding bone in other vertebrates
C16: from Latin: elbow, ell 1
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Word Origin and History for ulnae
inner bone of the forearm, 1540s, Latin, literally "elbow;" related to Old English eln (see elbow (n.)).
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- The larger bone of the two bones of the forearm, extending from elbow to wrist on the side opposite the thumb.cubitus elbow bone
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- The longer of the two bones of the forearm or lower portion of the foreleg. See more at skeleton.
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