long bone

noun

: any of the elongated bones supporting a vertebrate limb and consisting of an essentially cylindrical shaft that contains bone marrow and ends in enlarged heads for articulation with other bones compare diaphysis, epiphysis

Examples of long bone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It's most often found in the long bones of the legs, and sometimes the arms. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 16 Mar. 2024 There is also a limited selection of pastas and Niman-ranch long bone pork rib chops. Endia Fontanez, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2024 See it In the burial, researchers found long bones, including femurs, tibias, rays and ulnae, placed in their own sector. Moira Ritter, Miami Herald, 28 Feb. 2024 Examples of long bones include the bones of the leg and arm — like the femur and the fibula — as well as the bones of the fingers and toes. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 3 Nov. 2023 The shafts of long bones of the leg, such as the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone), are supplied with blood by the principal nutrient artery, which enters the bone through a hole (called a foramen) that is visible on the surface. Roger S. Seymour, Discover Magazine, 5 Oct. 2023 Their long bones are hardening, and their skin is thin and see-through but will soon become thicker. Alexandra Frost, Parents, 5 Nov. 2023 Like the other three types of bones, long bones are composed of a combination of compact bone and spongy bone. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 3 Nov. 2023 Such high growth rates in Maiasaura involved rapid lengthening and thickening of their long bones, and the process doubtlessly required much oxygen and nutrients from the blood. Roger S. Seymour, Discover Magazine, 5 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1697, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of long bone was in 1697

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“Long bone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/long%20bone. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

long bone

noun
: one of the bones supporting a limb of a vertebrate and consisting of a long nearly cylinder-shaped shaft that contains bone marrow and has enlarged ends

Medical Definition

long bone

noun
: any of the elongated bones supporting a vertebrate limb and consisting of an essentially cylindrical shaft that contains bone marrow and ends in enlarged heads for articulation with other bones
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