tro·​chan·​ter | \ trō-ˈkan-tər How to pronounce trochanter (audio) \

Definition of trochanter

1 : a rough prominence at the upper part of the femur of many vertebrates serving usually for the attachment of muscles
2 : the second segment of an insect's leg adjacent to the coxa

Other Words from trochanter

trochanteral \ trō-​ˈkan-​tə-​rəl How to pronounce trochanteral (audio) \ adjective
trochanteric \ ˌtrō-​kən-​ˈter-​ik How to pronounce trochanteric (audio) , -​ˌkan-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of trochanter

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for trochanter

Greek trochantēr; akin to Greek trechein to run

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“Trochanter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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tro·​chan·​ter | \ trō-ˈkant-ər How to pronounce trochanter (audio) \

Medical Definition of trochanter

: a rough prominence or process at the upper part of the femur of many vertebrates serving usually for the attachment of muscles and being usually two on each femur in mammals including humans:
a : a larger one situated on the outer part of the upper end of the shaft at its junction with the neck

called also greater trochanter

b : a smaller one situated at the lower back part of the junction of the shaft and neck

called also lesser trochanter

Other Words from trochanter

trochanteric \ ˌtrō-​kən-​ˈter-​ik, -​ˌkan-​ How to pronounce trochanteric (audio) \ adjective

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