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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His return would come two weeks after fellow weakside linebacker Mychal Kendricks suffered a season-ending tibia fracture. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Pete Carroll has good news on K.J. Wright, but the outlook isn’t as rosy for Jordan Simmons," 17 Dec. 2018 Hayward suffered a dislocated left ankle and fractured tibia in the Celtics' season-opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers, which was also the former Utah Jazz star's first game with his new team. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Paul George on Gordon Hayward's rehab: 'He knows I've got his back'," 21 Mar. 2018 The length of her tibia was estimated from measurements of her clothing in the George Palmer Putnam Collection of Amelia Earhart Papers at Purdue University. Amy Mcrary, USA TODAY, "‘I think we found her’: Researcher says bones from Pacific island likely belong to Amelia Earhart," 8 Mar. 2018 Patience expired this week: Curry is scheduled for surgery to insert a rod in his tibia to stabilize the leg, after months of inactivity. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Would Charlotte Hornets-Seth Curry be a good match?," 8 Feb. 2018 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

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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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