femur

noun
fe·​mur | \ ˈfē-mər How to pronounce femur (audio) \
plural femurs or femora\ ˈfe-​mə-​rə How to pronounce femora (audio) , ˈfem-​rə \

Definition of femur

1 : the proximal bone of the hind or lower limb that extends from the hip to the knee

called also thighbone

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

Examples of femur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her femurs also bear the signs of muscles developed through horse riding. Fox News, "Tomb of battle-scarred ancient female warrior reveals its secrets," 30 Nov. 2019 Doctors examined the girl and found her femur was broken. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "4-week-old girl hospitalized with brain bleed, broken ribs, fractured femur; father jailed," 3 Jan. 2020 Rather than examining the shape of the bones, Woodward and her team peeked inside them, zooming in on slivers of femur and tibia bone less than a millimeter thick. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "T. rex teens looked wildly different than the adults we’re familiar with," 3 Jan. 2020 Her husband, Thomas, fell in March 2017 and fractured his femur and hip, which required surgery at Porter. Jessica Seaman, The Denver Post, "Checkup Denver: Our top Colorado health stories of 2019," 23 Dec. 2019 The impact broke his femur right through the growth plate. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "A broken femur shifted Michael Myers' goals from ATV racer to aspiring Formula One star," 16 Dec. 2019 The scientists compared data on head and femur length in erythrosuchids to those measurements from other four-limbed animals, living and extinct. Fox News, "Weird Triassic 'dragons' had massive heads. Here's why.," 25 Nov. 2019 Davis suffered a broken femur, and a nasty gash on his head. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "A year removed from a serious car crash, this Connecticut high school football player is back to scoring touchdowns and carrying on the family legacy," 26 Sep. 2019 Hall was shot in the left leg and fractured his femur. oregonlive, "Portland man sentenced to 5 years in federal prison for fifth firearms conviction," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of femur

circa 1726, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for femur

New Latin femor-, femur, from Latin, thigh

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The first known use of femur was circa 1726

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6 Feb 2020

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“Femur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Femora. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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femur

noun
How to pronounce femur (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of femur

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

femur

noun
fe·​mur | \ ˈfē-mər How to pronounce femur (audio) \
plural femurs or femora\ ˈfe-​mə-​rə \

Kids Definition of femur

: the long leg bone that extends from the hip to the knee

femur

noun
fe·​mur | \ ˈfē-mər How to pronounce femur (audio) \
plural femurs or femora\ ˈfem-​(ə-​)rə How to pronounce femora (audio) \

Medical Definition of femur

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

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