olec·​ra·​non ō-ˈle-krə-ˌnän How to pronounce olecranon (audio)
: the process of the ulna projecting behind the elbow joint

Word History


New Latin, from Greek ōlekranon, from ōlenē elbow + kranion skull — more at ell, cranium

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of olecranon was in 1578

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“Olecranon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olecranon. Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition


olec·​ra·​non ō-ˈlek-rə-ˌnän How to pronounce olecranon (audio)
: the large process of the ulna that projects behind the elbow, forms the bony prominence of the elbow, and receives the insertion of the triceps muscle

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