humerus

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

Definition of humerus

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

Examples of humerus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The equipment had yanked him all the way up to his right shoulder, tearing through his bicep, piercing his forearm, snapping his humerus bone. Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2021 Jablonski was there, too, watching as Watkins struggled to get the segments of Nora’s humerus to line up. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 19 Mar. 2021 The ones of the bones punctured by bullets—her rib, her pelvis, her humerus—did not move me as much as those of her skull. Krista Stevens, Longreads, 27 Jan. 2021 The bones were brought into alignment, and Watkins put a big clamp on the humerus to hold it in place. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 19 Mar. 2021 The ones of the bones punctured by bullets—her rib, her pelvis, her humerus—did not move me as much as those of her skull. Krista Stevens, Longreads, 27 Jan. 2021 In January of 2019, Nora’s keepers in Utah discovered that Nora had broken her humerus, a large, weight-bearing bone in her front leg. oregonlive, 11 Mar. 2021 The ones of the bones punctured by bullets—her rib, her pelvis, her humerus—did not move me as much as those of her skull. Krista Stevens, Longreads, 27 Jan. 2021 The ones of the bones punctured by bullets—her rib, her pelvis, her humerus—did not move me as much as those of her skull. Krista Stevens, Longreads, 27 Jan. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/humerus. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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 humerus (audio) , -​ˌrē How to pronounce humerus (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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