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

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After puberty, when the long bones of the body are sealed, patients with acromegaly get bigger from soft-tissue enlargement but cannot grow taller. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "The Patient Had Pain When He Walked, but There Was a More Telling Change," 27 June 2018 Those ligaments connect the humerus (the long bone in your upper arm between the elbow joint and shoulder) and the ulna (the long, thinner bone in your forearm on the opposite side of your thumb). Gabriel Baumgaertner, SI.com, "With Violent Elbow Injuries Behind Him, Braves Reliever Dan Winkler Is Pitching Like an All-Star," 4 July 2018 Further searching revealed five fossil pieces that fitted together to form a 3.2-foot-long bone, which the scientists identified as being from the lower jaw of an ichthyosaur. National Geographic, "Prehistoric 'Sea Monster' May Be Largest That Ever Lived," 9 Apr. 2018 But it was limited to four measurements of the skull and three of long bones — the tibia, humerus and radius. Amy Mcrary, USA TODAY, "‘I think we found her’: Researcher says bones from Pacific island likely belong to Amelia Earhart," 8 Mar. 2018 The research team knows little else about the inch-long bone. Ian Cartwright, National Geographic, "88,000-Year-Old Finger Bone Pushes Back Human Migration Dates," 9 Apr. 2018 The bones have since disappeared, but Hoodless’s seven measurements survived—four of the skull and three long bone lengths (humerus, radius, and tibia). National Geographic, "Bones Discovered in 1940 Could Have Been Amelia Earhart’s," 8 Mar. 2018 The new analysis relies on four measurements from the skull, and three measurements from long bones: the tibia (one of two bones in the lower leg), the humerus (the long upper arm bone) and the radius (one of two forearm bones). Jared Gilmour, kansascity, "Amelia Earhart’s bones were likely found in 1940 on Pacific island, new forensic analysis suggests | The Kansas City Star," 7 Mar. 2018 Two days into 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, AL.com, "Alabama Roots: 122 NFL players in 2017," 12 Feb. 2018

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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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