long bone

noun

Definition of long bone

: 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 Scientists in this study learned that the millimeters-long bone was more likely to be found in the hearts of chimpanzees suffering from a kind of heart disease called idiopathic myocardial fibrosis (IMF). Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Tiny, Rare Bone Found in the Hearts of Chimpanzees," 16 June 2020 Much like long bone growth, pelvis width is driven largely by estrogen levels. Quanta Magazine, "Males Are the Taller Sex. Estrogen, Not Fights for Mates, May Be Why.," 8 June 2020 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, "Green Bay Packers want Montravius Adams to ‘step up’," 24 May 2020 Instead only the most distal ones are homologous to digit bones; the proximal radials are homologous to the wrist bones and the long bones of the palm. John A. Long, Scientific American, "How a 380-Million-Year-Old Fish Gave Us Fingers," 20 May 2020 Swelling outer tissues and internal water pooling around long bones also meant the skeletons were baked rather than burned. National Geographic, "Vesuvius eruption baked some people to death—and turned one brain to glass," 23 Jan. 2020 Deer bones from those layers—especially the metapodials (the long bones of the feet), which are rich in bone marrow—showed the telltale signs of people cracking them open to get at the marrow inside. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The world’s oldest leftovers, left in Pleistocene storage containers," 14 Oct. 2019 But the film belongs to Chapman and more than anyone, MacKay, a 27-year-old Londoner with the long bones and baleful eyes of a porcelain saint or a lost Caulkin brother. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Sam Mendes' breathtaking 1917 is a new kind of WWI movie: Review," 25 Nov. 2019 Howard has scanned items ranging in size from squirrel and rabbit bones to a bison's rib, as well as jaw and long bones from dire wolves, horses, big cats, camels and coyotes. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Preserving the unique history of the La Brea Tar Pits," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of long bone

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 27 Sep. 2020.

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long bone

noun

Medical Definition of long bone

: 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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