fem·​o·​ral | \ ˈfe-mə-rəl How to pronounce femoral (audio) , ˈfem-rəl\

Definition of femoral

: of or relating to the femur or thigh

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Starting in 2008, Merck provided the FDA with periodic safety updates on studies linking long-term use of bisphosphonate (the major compound in Fosamax) with atypical femoral fractures and sought to revise its label. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Fighting a Tort Plague," 6 Jan. 2019 What’s more, their carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity, an indicator of how well blood vessels expand and contract as needed, increased. SELF, "Does the Steam Room at the Gym Actually Do Anything?," 4 Jan. 2019 Vidyadhar Upasani, a pediatric orthopedist at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, uses 3-D printing to help plan intricate bone procedures to treat, for example, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, the most common hip disorder in adolescents. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "Surgeons are using 3-D-printed organs to figure out the best way to operate," 11 June 2018 There were the injuries, including a femoral stress fracture that forced her to drop out of the 2012 Olympic marathon less than three miles in. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Boston Marathon fear of Chula Vista winner Linden: 'Don't blow it'," 16 Apr. 2018 Athletes have increased bone density by 2 to 5 percent over a one-year period, and the number of bone stress injuries has decreased, including high-risk injuries like the femoral neck, pelvis, and sacrum. Christine Yu, Outside Online, "The Right Diet Can Help Prevent Running Injuries," 29 Mar. 2018 On Monday, The Wrap reported the star’s autopsy found Salling had .08 percent alcohol in his femoral blood, just on the liner of legal intoxication. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Mark Salling autopsy found alcohol in his system at the time of his death, gives chilling timeline of final night," 19 Mar. 2018 Then, around 2005, came published reports of two rare but terrifying side effects: osteonecrosis of the jaw and a bizarre breaking of the leg bone called atypical femoral fracture (AFF). Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "Osteoporosis: An Avoidable Crisis," 13 Mar. 2018 An informal poll of friends turned up a list of inaccurate self-diagnoses that included malaria, multiple sclerosis, West Nile virus, a femoral hernia, cancer and a post-hysterectomy pregnancy. Emily Sohn, Washington Post, "For people with severe health anxiety, the Internet can be a terrible place," 3 Feb. 2018

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circa 1771, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of femoral was circa 1771

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fem·​o·​ral | \ ˈfem-(ə-)rəl How to pronounce femoral (audio) \

Medical Definition of femoral

: of or relating to the femur or thigh

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