trochanter

noun

tro·​chan·​ter trō-ˈkan-tər How to pronounce trochanter (audio)
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
trochanteral adjective
trochanteric adjective

Word History

Etymology

Greek trochantēr; akin to Greek trechein to run

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of trochanter was in 1615

Dictionary Entries Near trochanter

Cite this Entry

“Trochanter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trochanter. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

trochanter

noun

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

trochanteric adjective
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