thigh bone


variants or thighbone
plural thigh bones or thighbones
: the proximal bone of the hind or lower limb that extends from the hip to the knee : femur sense 1

Examples of thigh bone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Israeli strikes also left 8-year-old Abdullah with a fractured thigh bone and arm injury, his mother told ABC News. Ines De La Cuetara, ABC News, 22 Jan. 2024 Turn thighs over and cut away muscle along the back of the thigh bone. Kimberly Winter Stern, Kansas City Star, 24 Jan. 2024 The shafts of long bones of the leg, such as the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone), are supplied with blood by the principal nutrient artery, which enters the bone through a hole (called a foramen) that is visible on the surface. Roger S. Seymour, Discover Magazine, 5 Oct. 2023 The film star fractured a hip and a thigh bone as a result and underwent surgery that same day. Emily St. Martin, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2023 The actress broke both her hip and a thigh bone, the agent said. Julianne McShane, NBC News, 25 Sep. 2023 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 Authorities also may be able to extract DNA from drilling into thigh bones, Baden said. Alexandra E. Petri, Los Angeles Times, 14 Aug. 2023 The muscle begins at the top of your pelvis bone and inserts into the upper portion of your femur, or thigh bone. Cori Ritchey, Men's Health, 12 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thigh bone was in the 15th century

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“Thigh bone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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thigh bone

variants or thighbone
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