shin·​bone ˈshin-ˌbōn How to pronounce shinbone (audio)

Examples of shinbone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The anterior cruciate ligament is a thick band of tissue connecting the thigh bone (the femur) to the shinbone (the tibia). Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 19 Aug. 2023 Tray, who was born without a shinbone, participated in the Short Course of the Texans' triathlon last year. Victoria Hernandez, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2023 The patellar tendon attaches the bottom of the kneecap to the top of the shinbone. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 16 Mar. 2023 This is a shinbone from a Centrosaurus apertus: a horned, plant-eating dinosaur that lived about 76 million years ago in Alberta, Canada. New York Times, 25 May 2022 Overall, the goal is to help relieve tension along the side of your thigh in the tissue that extends from the top of your thigh to the top of your shinbone. Perri O. Blumberg, Men's Health, 6 Dec. 2022 Schlatter disease, an inflammation of the area just below the knee where the tendon from the kneecap attaches to the shinbone. The Indianapolis Star, 28 Nov. 2022 The ligament runs diagonally through the middle of the knee, connecting the shinbone to the thigh bone and providing critical joint stability. Aylin Woodward, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2022 One is Osgood-Schlatter disease, a condition that usually occurs during a growth spurt when a tendon tugs on a growth plate in the shinbone, causing pain. Elizabeth Chang, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shinbone was before the 12th century

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“Shinbone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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shin·​bone ˈshin-ˈbōn How to pronounce shinbone (audio)

Medical Definition


shin·​bone ˈshin-ˈbōn, -ˌbōn How to pronounce shinbone (audio)
: tibia

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