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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Enjoy American land and sea favorites like yellowfin tuna or Ohio Farm long bone pork chop at the casual restaurant. Allison Jack, cleveland, 7 Nov. 2022 The fibula, also called the calf bone, is a long bone that runs next to the larger tibia bone, or shin bone. Amy B Wang, Anchorage Daily News, 18 July 2022 In addition to the drum, the team found a clay ball believed to be a child’s toy and a long bone pin that may have once kept a burial shroud in place, the Post reports. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Feb. 2022 Alongside the chalk drum in the grave was long bone pin, which might have held a shroud in place, and a clay ball, that a child might play with. Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2022 If spectacle is part of your courtship plan, J-Prime is the ticket, with a posh lounge, strong cocktails and a tomahawk rib-eye with a long bone like the bleached handle of a primeval war club, a showcase of prime beef with a lush, fatty aura. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Dec. 2021 Underneath the uniform were a single tooth, two right rib fragments, one long bone fragment and the metatarsal from a right pinkie. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Aug. 2021 The 10 cm long bone is thought to have come from a mammal and has a series of notches along it, suggesting it could have been used as a tally stick. Rachel Wood, CNN, 21 May 2021 Two days into his first training camp, Adams had a broken foot, an injury that required surgery to insert a screw in the long bone on the outside of the foot that connects to the little toe. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 18 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1697, in the meaning defined above

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“Long bone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/long%20bone. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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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