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

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And then two terms into my college career, I was hit by a drunk driver, resulting in compound fractures to my lower leg — my tibia and my fibula bones. Megan Rodriguez, ExpressNews.com, "Founder of San Antonio amputee foundation talks about two decades of changing lives," 5 Aug. 2019 Bamba hadn’t played in a game since Jan. 31, just before he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left tibia. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Magic shut down center Mo Bamba for remainder of NBA Summer League," 8 July 2019 Poor ice can be dangerous: the career of the Detroit Red Wings' Anthony Mantha was derailed when his skate caught in a rut during their prospect camp in 2014, leaving him vulnerable for a hit that broke his tibia. Julia Stumbaugh, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes arena technician's cool job: maintaining ice in the desert," 10 July 2019 Manager Brad Ausmus said infielder Tommy La Stella, who will be sidelined for eight to 10 weeks because of a right-tibia fracture, will attend the All-Star Game festivities in Cleveland next week. Mike Digiovanna, latimes.com, "Angels’ Jonathan Lucroy mourning the deaths of two people close to him," 4 July 2019 Randle was the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft and spent four seasons with the Lakers, averaging 11.3 points per game in his first year back from a tibia fracture in 2014. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, "Report: Julius Randle, Knicks Agree to Three-Year, $63 Million Deal," 30 June 2019 Poso had originally planned to go to many football camps this summer, but a tibia injury suffered at an Arizona State camp earlier this month altered his plans. Phil Jensen, The Mercury News, "High school football: Andres Dewerk, Frank Poso make college choices," 23 June 2019 Whiteside gets a new chance in Portland, which needs a center while Jusuf Nurkic recovers from a fractured fibula and tibia sustained on March 25 . . Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s why the Celtics made the right call in hiring Kara Lawson," 6 July 2019 That includes the Magic's Mohamed Bamba, a bouncy 7-footer who missed 35 games last season with a fractured tibia and hasn't come into his own yet. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Zion Williamson headlines another fascinating year at NBA summer league in Las Vegas," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of tibia

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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