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 Verdell dislocated his ankle, fracturing his fibula in the process. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 16 May 2022 Woods sustained open fractures, in several places, of the tibia and the fibula in his right leg. New York Times, 3 Apr. 2022 Woods sustained open fractures, in several places, of the tibia and the fibula in his right leg. New York Times, 3 Apr. 2022 Two games into the season, Marquese Chriss suffered a high right ankle sprain with a fractured right fibula that has a recovery process of at least three months. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Feb. 2021 During the first preseason workout, a teammate landed on Grieger’s right leg, fracturing his fibula. Dave Melton, chicagotribune.com, 28 Jan. 2022 Cody Bellinger broke his fibula the first week of the season. Los Angeles Times, 24 Oct. 2021 The fibula bone found on Oct. 18 was confirmed to be Stephanie Van Nguyen’s, according to Dearborn County Coroner Cameron McCreary. Jennie Key, The Enquirer, 11 Jan. 2022 Veteran Atlanta starter Charlie Morton's right fibula was fractured when he was hit in the ankle by a 102.4-mph comebacker smacked by Yuli Gurriel. Harold Maass, The Week, 27 Oct. 2021 See More

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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 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for fibula

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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