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 And while the humerus and vertebrae almost definitely show animals that had died, the teeth are a different story. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 29 July 2022 The humerus the researchers unearthed didn’t have the knobs and ridges found on Tiktaalik that muscles would have been attached to, according to the New York Times. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 July 2022 Long bones, such as your humerus, fibula or tibia are bones that enable mobility and carry the body's weight. Liam Gravvat, USA TODAY, 17 June 2022 The surgery repairs a torn ligament in the elbow — the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), which connects the humerus to the ulna — with a tendon from elsewhere in the body. Hayes Gardner, Baltimore Sun, 27 Apr. 2022 In regards to Mayfield’s injuries — also a fractured humerus in the left shoulder suffered in Week 6, along with left heel, right knee and groin problems — Stefanski was not forceful enough to save Mayfield from himself. Marla Ridenour, USA TODAY, 6 Jan. 2022 The bullet pierced Marie's shoulder and fractured her humerus bone. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 11 Feb. 2022 Peavy overcame a potentially career-ending injury after tearing the right latissimus dorsi tendon completely off the humerus bone in his pitching arm during a game on July 6, 2010. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 25 Jan. 2022 Peavy overcame a potentially career-ending injury after tearing the right latissimus dorsi tendon completely off the humerus bone in his pitching arm during a game on July 6, 2010. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 25 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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9 Aug 2022

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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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