fib·​u·​la | \ˈfi-byə-lə \
plural fibulae\ ˈfi-​byə-​lē , -​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 \ adjective

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Atletico left back Felipe Luis played his first match since recovering from a broken fibula in his left leg in March. Joseph Wilson,, "La Liga Recap: Atletico Madrid suffer first home loss against Espanyol," 6 May 2018 Meadow had broken her right leg's tibia and fibula. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "A mother's warning: This graphic photo shows the moment a child's leg broke on a slide," 27 June 2018 Baker, who led the team in home runs and RBIs, is out for the rest of the season with multiple injuries to his lower left left, including a fractured fibula. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "TCU needs strong finish to keep postseason streak in play | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 18 Apr. 2018 Clare rushed her daughter to the emergency room, where doctors discovered Meadow had fractured the tibia and fibula in her right leg. Jen Juneau,, "The Shockingly Dangerous Playground Hazard You Never Knew to Avoid Until Now," 28 June 2018 Lovie Jenkins missed all of last season after breaking his fibula just before the first game. Chris Hays,, "Ocoee's Lovie Jenkins surprised by Central Michigan offer, eyes more," 20 June 2018 The races were the first for Carrasco since breaking the fibula and tibia in his right leg in a five-horse spill Sept. 14, 2017 at Delaware Park., "Digest: Carrasco places fifth, fourth at Laurel Park in return to racing," 18 June 2018 And on the slopes of one of the sand spits, a femur, fibula, and tibia (the bones of the leg) were found bundled together with two white stones. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "2,000 years ago in Denmark, a fierce battle left dozens dead," 21 May 2018 In his first game with Helena, Lara fractured his right fibula and dislocated his right ankle on a slide – a mishap that resulted in season-ending surgery. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gilbert Lara has grown up in the Brewers' minor-league system," 15 May 2018

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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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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 \
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 \
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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