humerus

noun
hu·​mer·​us | \ ˈhyü-mə-rəs How to pronounce humerus (audio) \
plural humeri\ ˈhyü-​mə-​ˌrī How to pronounce humeri (audio) , -​ˌrē \

Definition of humerus

: the long bone of the upper arm or forelimb extending from the shoulder to the elbow

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Shoulder and humerus — the bone that connects to the shoulder — injuries are not common. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Derby River is 27th horse to die since Santa Anita opened meet Dec. 26," 6 June 2019 Patrice Bergeron also played through a groin injury, Noel Acciari a broken sternum and a foot injury, Jake DeBrusk a concussion, David Pastrnak a thumb injury, and John Moore a broken humerus. Tara Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "Brockton golfer Matt Parziale keeping very busy, and other items . . .," 19 June 2019 According to data compiled by the CHRB, during the 2016-17 fiscal year, only 10 of the 170 fatalities in the state were in the shoulder-humerus area. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Derby River is 27th horse to die since Santa Anita opened meet Dec. 26," 6 June 2019 It is believed to be a part of the animal’s humerus bone, according to The Cape Coral Daily Breeze. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Florida construction workers unearth prehistoric bone fragment, likely from mammoth," 11 Aug. 2018 Feel the femur or humerus of a Camarasaurus nicknamed Lyle. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "New Union Station exhibit has life-sized moving dinosaurs and bones you can touch," 29 June 2018 Those ligaments connect the humerus (the long bone in your upper arm between the elbow joint and shoulder) and the ulna (the long, thinner bone in your forearm on the opposite side of your thumb). Gabriel Baumgaertner, SI.com, "With Violent Elbow Injuries Behind Him, Braves Reliever Dan Winkler Is Pitching Like an All-Star," 4 July 2018 Remember the figure-8 that fastens the tendon to the medial epicondyle, that small bump on your humerus bone? Gabriel Baumgaertner, SI.com, "With Violent Elbow Injuries Behind Him, Braves Reliever Dan Winkler Is Pitching Like an All-Star," 4 July 2018 In other cases, the ulnar nerve does not stay in its place (the groove between the humerus bone, your upper arm, and ulna bone in the lower arm) and snaps back and forth over the bony bump of the elbow during motion, like a rubber band. Tj Gibson, azcentral, "Get back in the game: Don’t let Cubital Tunnel Syndrome limit you," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of humerus

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for humerus

Middle English, from Latin humerus, umerus upper arm, shoulder; akin to Goth ams shoulder, Greek ōmos

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humerus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of humerus

medical : the long bone of the upper arm between the shoulder and the elbow

humerus

noun
hu·​mer·​us | \ ˈhyu̇-mə-rəs How to pronounce humerus (audio) \
plural humeri\ -​ˌrī , -​ˌrē \

Kids Definition of humerus

: the long bone of the upper arm or forelimb that extends from the shoulder to the elbow

humerus

noun
hu·​mer·​us | \ ˈhyüm-(ə-)rəs How to pronounce humerus (audio) \
plural humeri\ ˈhyü-​mə-​ˌrī How to pronounce humeri (audio) , -​ˌrē How to pronounce humeri (audio) \

Medical Definition of humerus

: the longest bone of the upper arm or forelimb extending from the shoulder to the elbow, articulating above by a rounded head with the glenoid cavity, having below a broad articular surface divided by a ridge into a medial pulley-shaped portion and a lateral rounded eminence that articulate with the ulna and radius respectively, and providing various processes and modified surfaces for the attachment of muscles

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