Definition of humerus
humeriplay \ˈhyü-mə-ˌrī, -ˌrē\
: the long bone of the upper arm or forelimb extending from the shoulder to the elbow
Recent Examples of humerus from the Web
The humerus of one arm featured a lumpy calcified mass.
Marvin had three torn ligaments and additional damage in her right knee, a humerus broken in three places, and a soda-can-size hole in her arm where the bone had burst through.
Limited to just three innings at Double-A Chattanooga after an impressive stint in his first big-league camp, Burdi, 24, was diagnosed with a bruised humerus.
In a photo included in a National Geographic News report, Soibelzon holds up the humerus – upper arm bone – of the bear next to that of an elephant, and the two are nearly equal in size.
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Origin and Etymology of humerus
Middle English, from Latin humerus, umerus upper arm, shoulder; akin to Goth ams shoulder, Greek ōmos
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
HUMERUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of humerus for English Language Learners
medical : the long bone of the upper arm between the shoulder and the elbow
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Definition of humerus for Students
: the long bone of the upper arm or forelimb that extends from the shoulder to the elbow
Medical Definition of humerus
humeri\ˈhyü-mə-ˌrī, -ˌrē\play play
: 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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