fibula

noun fib·u·la \ ˈfi-byə-lə \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of fibula

plural fibulae play \ˈfi-byə-lē, -lī\ or fibulas
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

fibular

play \ˈfi-byə-lər\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of fibula

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


FIBULA Defined for English Language Learners

fibula

noun

Definition of fibula for English Language Learners

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


FIBULA Defined for Kids

fibula

noun fib·u·la \ ˈfi-byə-lə \

Definition of fibula for Students

plural fibulae \-ˌlē, -ˌlī\ or fibulas
: the outer and smaller of the two bones between the knee and ankle

Medical Dictionary

fibula

noun fib·u·la \ ˈfib-yə-lə \

medical Definition of fibula

plural fibulae \-lē also -ˌlī\ or fibulas
: 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

fibular

play \-lər\ adjective

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