fibula

noun
fib·​u·​la | \ ˈfi-byə-lə How to pronounce fibula (audio) \
plural fibulae\ ˈfi-​byə-​lē How to pronounce fibula (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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Other Words from fibula

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

Examples of fibula in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bellinger has been out since April 5 with a hairline fracture in his left fibula. Arkansas Online, 29 May 2021 On April 27, the 29-year-old Craig underwent surgery to have a plate installed over a break in his left fibula just above the ankle. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 May 2021 And the Dodgers are maybe even more banged up than the Giants, with big names such as Corey Seager (fractured hand) and Cody Bellinger (hairline fibula fracture) out of action. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 May 2021 His injuries included open fractures to his tibia and fibula that required a rod to be inserted, and additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle that were stabilized with screws and pins. Leah Asmelash And Jill Martin, CNN, 23 Apr. 2021 Cody Bellinger, who has a hairline fracture of his left fibula and there is no timetable for his return. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2021 Chriss, 23, is out for the season after fracturing his right fibula in December. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Mar. 2021 Smith had Washington off to a 6-3 start that season before breaking his right fibula and tibia in a home game Nov. 18 against Houston. The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Mar. 2021 Woods' injuries included open fractures to his tibia and fibula that required a rod to be inserted, and additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle that were stabilized with screws and pins. David Close And John Sinnott, CNN, 10 Mar. 2021

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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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“Fibula.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fibula. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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fibula

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fibula

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

fibula

noun
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

fibula

noun
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

Other Words from fibula

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

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