fib·​u·​la | \ ˈfi-byə-lə How to pronounce fibula (audio) \
plural fibulae\ ˈfi-​byə-​lē How to pronounce fibulae (audio) , -​lī \ or fibulas

Definition of fibula

1 : the outer and usually smaller of the two bones between the knee and ankle in the hind or lower limbs of vertebrates
2 : a clasp resembling a safety pin used especially by the ancient Greeks and Romans

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fibular \ ˈfi-​byə-​lər How to pronounce fibular (audio) \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Sefolosha, who suffered a fractured fibula and ligament damage when he was arrested, said after the incident that police caused his injuries. Jill Martin, CNN, "NBA player Thabo Sefolosha, a victim of police brutality himself, opens up about George Floyd's death," 4 June 2020 Story broke his tibia and fibula in Week 7 of the 2018 season vs. Euclid. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Solon’s Najee Story still writing his comeback after Northwestern commitment," 5 May 2020 Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe is expected to miss about two weeks with a right fibula avulsion fracture, the team announced after a 125-108 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers that extended Milwaukee's winning streak to 18 games. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe expected to miss two weeks," 14 Dec. 2019 Eric Bledsoe, playing for the first time after missing eight games due to an avulsion fracture to his right fibula, got things going with a layup. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 123, Bulls 102: All it took was a little second-half surge," 30 Dec. 2019 Possibly coming back sooner? (@friscofreak49) Staley indeed looks spry for someone who sustained a hairline fracture in his right fibula last Sunday. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers mailbag: How did Jimmy Garoppolo look?," 24 Sep. 2019 He was shot a second time between his fibula and tibia., "'It's a very bittersweet time': Kent State shooting victim reflects on 50 years," 2 May 2020 In San Francisco’s preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Aug. 10, Coleman suffered a fractured fibula and dislocated ankle. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Shon Coleman stays with San Francisco 49ers for 2020 comeback," 17 Mar. 2020 Wild winger Jason Zucker underwent successful surgery to repair a fractured right fibula, the team announced on Friday night. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Wild winger Jason Zucker out 4-6 weeks after surgery," 20 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of fibula

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fibula

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

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The first known use of fibula was in 1578

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27 Jun 2020

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“Fibula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fibula

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


fib·​u·​la | \ ˈfi-byə-lə How to pronounce fibula (audio) \
plural fibulae\ -​ˌlē , -​ˌlī \ or fibulas

Kids Definition of fibula

: the outer and smaller of the two bones between the knee and ankle


fib·​u·​la | \ ˈfib-yə-lə How to pronounce fibula (audio) \
plural fibulae\ -​lē also -​ˌlī \ or fibulas

Medical Definition of fibula

: 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

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