tib·​ia | \ ˈti-bē-ə How to pronounce tibia (audio) \
plural tibiae\ ˈti-​bē-​ˌē How to pronounce tibiae (audio) , -​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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Other Words from tibia

tibial \ ˈti-​bē-​əl How to pronounce tibial (audio) \ adjective

Examples of tibia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Following the first three surgeries, Gleeson went on to have eight additional surgeries on his right tibia over a six-month span. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Former goalkeeper Jake Gleeson files $10.2 million lawsuit against 2 Portland Timbers team physicians," 6 July 2020 Wainwright was sidelined for 12 weeks last summer because of a stress fracture in his tibia, but Reds scouts were familiar with him when he was picked for the same East Coast Pro team as Hendrick. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Reds sign 1st-round draft pick Austin Hendrick with $4 million bonus," 26 June 2020 Wainwright needs reps after he was sidelined last summer with a stress fracture in his tibia. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds take chances on players with 'higher ceilings' in shortened MLB Draft," 16 June 2020 He was shot a second time between his fibula and tibia. cincinnati.com, "'It's a very bittersweet time': Kent State shooting victim reflects on 50 years," 2 May 2020 Adding to her injury history, which included a fractured tibia four months before the 2016 Games, Kocian suffered a right shoulder subluxation last September. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "After conoravirus canceled NCAA homecoming, Dallas Olympian Madison Kocian looks to life post-gymnastics," 12 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile, the epiphyses on the ischium and the ends of the femur and shin bone (tibia) were well-developed but hadn’t yet fused—in other words, DH7 wasn’t a very young child but was definitely still growing. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Anthropologists describe the first skeleton of a Homo naledi child," 10 Apr. 2020 Smith, a former No. 1 overall pick, suffered a compound fracture in his right leg in a 2018 game against the Houston Texans, breaking both the tibia and fibula in his right leg. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Now 13 months removed from gruesome leg injury, Redskins QB Alex Smith still hopes to play in 2020 NFL season," 31 Dec. 2019 His tibia and fibula were fractured and bones broke in his foot. BostonGlobe.com, "Survivor recounts harrowing N.H. motorcycle crash in first public remarks - The Boston Globe," 21 Oct. 2019

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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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“Tibia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tibia. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce tibia (audio) \
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 How to pronounce tibia (audio) \
plural tibiae\ -​ē-​ˌē How to pronounce tibiae (audio) , -​ē-​ˌī How to pronounce tibiae (audio) \ 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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