hu·mer·us | \ˈhyü-mə-rəs \
plural humeri\ˈhyü-mə-ˌrī, -ˌrē \

Definition of humerus 

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

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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,, "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,, "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 But it was limited to four measurements of the skull and three of long bones — the tibia, humerus and radius. Amy Mcrary, USA TODAY, "‘I think we found her’: Researcher says bones from Pacific island likely belong to Amelia Earhart," 8 Mar. 2018 The owl's humerus was still viable, the nerves were still intact and the circulation good, Convy said. The Washington Post,, "Who wins: truck versus owl, and the owl survives," 8 May 2018 The rhino skeleton had cut marks on 13 of its bones and both of its humerus bones were cracked open, giving feasting hunters access to its marrow. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "700,000-Year-Old Butchered Rhino Pushes Back Ancient Human Arrival in the Philippines," 4 May 2018 Come to find out, there was a tumor there on my humerus exactly where the break happened. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Livingston mom battles breast cancer with experimental treatments to help other patients," 22 Apr. 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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English Language Learners Definition of humerus

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


hu·mer·us | \ˈhyu̇-mə-rəs \
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


hu·mer·us | \ˈhyüm-(ə-)rəs \
plural humeri\ˈhyü-mə-ˌrī, -ˌrē \

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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