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femur

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noun fe·mur \ˈfē-mər\

Simple Definition of femur

  • medical : the long bone in the upper part of the leg

Full Definition of femur

plural fe·murs or fem·o·ra play \ˈfe-mə-rə, ˈfem-rə\

  1. 1 :  the proximal bone of the hind or lower limb that extends from the hip to the knee —called also thighbone

  2. 2 :  the segment of an insect's leg that is third from the body

Origin of femur

New Latin femor-, femur, from Latin, thigh


First Known Use: circa 1726


Medical Dictionary

femur

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noun fe·mur \ˈfē-mər\

Medical Definition of femur

plural fe·murs or fem·o·ra \ˈfem-(ə-)rə\play

  1. 1:  the proximal bone of the hind or lower limb that is the longest and largest bone in the human body, extends from the hip to the knee, articulates above with the acetabulum by a rounded head connected with the shaft of the bone by an oblique neck bearing a pair of trochanters for the attachment of muscles, and articulates with the tibia below by a pair of condyles—called also thigh bone

  2. 2:  the segment of an insect's leg that is third from the body




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