hu·​mer·​al ˈhyü-mə-rəl How to pronounce humeral (audio)
: of, relating to, or situated in the region of the humerus or shoulder
: of, relating to, or being a body part analogous to the humerus or shoulder
humeral noun

Examples of humeral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also known as a lateral humeral epicondylectomy (LHE), tennis elbow surgery is effective in around 85% to 90% of cases.1 Recovery can take several weeks or months to regain the full use of your elbow. Oluseun Olufade, Verywell Health, 1 May 2024 The ancient women had greater humeral rigidity than modern women. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024 The labrum is fibrous tissue that deepens the glenoid (socket) to help hold the humeral head (ball) in place. Profootballdoc,, 16 June 2017 A bone on the back side of his humerus was elevated two centimeters out of position, and the humeral head sagged out of its socket. Matt Giles, New York Times, 3 Jan. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of humeral was in 1615

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Cite this Entry

“Humeral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


hu·​mer·​al ˈhyüm-(ə-)rəl How to pronounce humeral (audio)
: of, relating to, or situated in the region of the humerus or shoulder
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