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

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Doctors in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial center, had informed her that Beulah had been born with tibial hemimelia, a rare medical condition characterized by a missing or shortened tibia, or shinbone. Aisha Salaudeen, CNN, "This woman is helping disabled children walk for the first time," 9 Aug. 2019 According to her sister, Weiss suffered a broken left collarbone, and fractures to her right tibia and left fibula. oregonlive.com, "Janet Weiss’ sister starts GoFundMe for the former Sleater-Kinney drummer after serious car accident," 27 Aug. 2019 Richard Antonucci of Boca Raton examined a display of real fossils, including a hadrosaur tibia from 75 million years ago that was discovered in Montana. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, "They’re not extinct in West Palm Beach: Dinosaur theme park draws thousands | PHOTOS," 17 Aug. 2019 Specifically, a break in the tibia, the larger of the two bones in your lower leg. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Blow Out Your Knee? Hope Your Surgeon's Got a VR Headset," 9 Aug. 2019 The most concerning injury involving the ankle, according to Youmans, is when the fibula is broken and the inside ligament tears or there is a break in both the fibula and the tibia. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "UCF QB Darriel Mack Jr. may not miss 2019 season, but broken ankle recovery can be a challenge," 13 July 2019 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

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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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