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

Examples of humerus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The humerus has, on one end, the medial epicondyle, a rounded protrusion with a groove that contains the sensitive ulnar nerve. New York Times, "Place For Dogs to Rest," 19 Mar. 2020 Her injuries included a lacerated liver and fractures to her skull, left clavicle and left humerus. David Owens, courant.com, "East Hartford man gets prison in assault of 9-month-old girl," 17 Oct. 2019 Aidan took it in stride though, and now has a bionic humerus. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, "Family together, though breaking more than bread," 2 Dec. 2019 The pitcher was out 2016 and 2017 after Tommy John surgery and a broken humerus. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Nationals Pitcher Aaron Barrett Recalled in Emotional Moment," 3 Sep. 2019 The child suffered a lacerated liver, fractures to her skull, left clavicle and left humerus and bruising to her lower back and neck, according to the warrant for Hernandez’s arrest. David Owens, courant.com, "East Hartford man faces prison after injuring 9-month-old child," 8 Aug. 2019 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

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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 6 Jul. 2020.

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humerus

noun
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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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