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fibula

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noun fib·u·la \ˈfi-byə-lə\

Simple Definition of fibula

  • medical : the outer one of the two bones below the knee in a person's leg

Full Definition of fibula

plural fib·u·laeplay \-lē, -lī\ or fib·u·las

  1. 1 :  the outer and usually smaller of the two bones between the knee and ankle in the hind or lower limbs of vertebrates

  2. 2 :  a clasp resembling a safety pin used especially by the ancient Greeks and Romans

fib·u·lar play \-lər\ adjective

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Origin of fibula

Latin, pin, clasp; akin to Latin figere to fasten


First Known Use: 1578


Medical Dictionary

fibula

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noun fib·u·la \ˈfib-yə-lə\

Medical Definition of fibula

plural fib·u·lae \-lē also -ˌlī\play play or fib·u·las

  1. :  the outer or postaxial and usually the smaller of the two bones of the hind or lower limb below the knee that is the slenderest bone of the human body in proportion to its length, articulates above with the external tuberosity of the tibia and below with the talus, and has its lower end forming the external malleolus of the ankle—called also calf bone

  2. fib·u·lar \-lər\play adjective



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