trochanter


tro·chan·ter

noun \trō-ˈkan-tər\

Definition of TROCHANTER

1
:  a rough prominence at the upper part of the femur of many vertebrates serving usually for the attachment of muscles
2
:  the second segment of an insect's leg adjacent to the coxa
tro·chan·ter·al \-tə-rəl\ adjective
tro·chan·ter·ic \ˌtrō-kən-ˈter-ik, -ˌkan-\ adjective

Origin of TROCHANTER

Greek trochantēr; akin to Greek trechein to run
First Known Use: 1615

tro·chan·ter

noun \trō-ˈkant-ər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TROCHANTER

: a rough prominence or process at the upper part of the femur of many vertebrates serving usually for the attachment of muscles and being usually two on each femur in mammals including humans: a : a larger one situated on the outer part of the upper end of the shaft at its junction with the neck—called also greater trochanter b : a smaller one situated at the lower back part of the junction of the shaft and neck—called also lesser trochanter
tro·chan·ter·ic \ˌtrō-kən-ˈter-ik, -ˌkan-\ adjective

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