pe·​ro·​ne·​al ˌper-ō-ˈnē-əl How to pronounce peroneal (audio) pə-ˈrō-nē- How to pronounce peroneal (audio)
: of, relating to, or located near the fibula

Examples of peroneal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Doctors first diagnosed peroneal nerve paralysis. Reid Forgrave, Star Tribune, 10 Oct. 2020 SEBASTIAN KAULITZKI//Getty Images There are many muscles that cross the ankle joint, including the gastrocnemius, soleus, posterior tibialis, flexor hallucis longus, and peroneal longis and brevis. Dr. Rachel Tavel, Pt, Dpt, Men's Health, 16 Feb. 2023 In addition to her femoral artery, the bison's horn also caused damage to both her tibial and peroneal nerves which has left her paralyzed from the knee down in one of her legs. Charmaine Patterson, Peoplemag, 3 Aug. 2022 There was damage to her peroneal nerve, which supplies feeling and movement to the lower leg, leaving her unable to move her toes. Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2022 Based on my description of the onset, location, and symptomology of the injury, Ryan gave me a tentative diagnosis of acute peroneal tendonitis. Matt Fitzgerald, Outside Online, 23 Nov. 2020 The shark broke his right femur and fibula and severed the peroneal nerve, critical for sensation and movement of the lower leg, foot and toes. Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Oct. 2021 When he was injured at the Ohio State camp, Moretti tore his ACL, dislocated his knee and stretched his peroneal nerve. Brian Howell, The Denver Post, 1 Aug. 2019 Smith missed his entire rookie season in 2016 recovering from injuries to his anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in his left knee and overcoming damage to the peroneal nerve in his final game at Notre Dame. Drew Davison, star-telegram, 31 May 2018

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Word History


New Latin peroneus, from perone fibula, from Greek peronē, literally, pin, from peirein to pierce — more at diapir

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of peroneal was in 1828

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Cite this Entry

“Peroneal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


pe·​ro·​ne·​al ˌper-ō-ˈnē-əl How to pronounce peroneal (audio) pə-ˈrō-nē- How to pronounce peroneal (audio)
: of, relating to, or located near the fibula
: relating to or involving a peroneal part
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