tib·ia | \ ˈti-bē-ə \
plural tibiae\ˈti-bē-ˌē, -bē-ˌī \ also tibias

Definition of tibia 

1 : the inner and usually larger of the two bones of the vertebrate hind or lower limb between the knee and ankle

2 : the fourth joint of the leg of an insect between the femur and tarsus

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tibial \ˈti-bē-əl \ adjective

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After nearly playing as a true freshman out of Lemont High School in Illinois, Christopherson tore numerous ligaments in his left ankle in the fall and broke parts of his tibia and fibula. Alex Schiffer, kansascity, "You know Albert Okwuegbunam, but these tight ends could emerge for Missouri | The Kansas City Star," 14 Apr. 2018 Meadow had broken her right leg's tibia and fibula. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "A mother's warning: This graphic photo shows the moment a child's leg broke on a slide," 27 June 2018 McGruder, making his first start of the season after missing 60 games with a fractured tibia, had 14 points in an encouraging performance. Manny Navarro, miamiherald, "Olynyk ‘made it rain,’ Ellington set NBA record & McGruder had flashback performance | Miami Herald," 4 Apr. 2018 Jones-Duffey endured nearly a year of chemotherapy, lost her hair and underwent a limb-salvage operation that included a knee replacement and a titanium rod in her tibia. Terrence Thomas, San Antonio Express-News, "Whitlock’s departure leaves legacy of family," 26 June 2018 Clare rushed her daughter to the emergency room, where doctors discovered Meadow had fractured the tibia and fibula in her right leg. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "The Shockingly Dangerous Playground Hazard You Never Knew to Avoid Until Now," 28 June 2018 The races were the first for Carrasco since breaking the fibula and tibia in his right leg in a five-horse spill Sept. 14, 2017 at Delaware Park. baltimoresun.com, "Digest: Carrasco places fifth, fourth at Laurel Park in return to racing," 18 June 2018 Michael had his lower right leg amputated as a child after doctors realized that his tibia would not grow. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Wakanda Forever: Watch the Moment This 10-Year-Old Gets His Brand-New Black Panther Prosthetic Leg," 14 June 2018 But a stress reaction in his left tibia cost him last season. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "How about Seth Curry as a Charlotte Hornet? Would Steph’s brother help hometown team?," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of tibia

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tibia was circa 1706

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English Language Learners Definition of tibia

medical : the bone that forms the front part of the leg between the knee and the ankle


tib·ia | \ ˈti-bē-ə \
plural tibiae\ˈti-bē-ˌē, -bē-ˌī \ also tibias

Kids Definition of tibia

: the inner and larger of the two bones between the knee and ankle


tib·ia | \ ˈtib-ē-ə \
plural tibiae\-ē-ˌē, -ē-ˌī \ also tibias

Medical Definition of tibia 

: the inner and usually larger of the two bones of the leg between the knee and ankle that articulates above with the femur and below with the talus

called also shinbone

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