trochanter

noun
tro·chan·ter | \trō-ˈkan-tər \

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 \ adjective
trochanteric \ˌtrō-kən-ˈter-ik, -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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about trochanter

Share trochanter

Statistics for trochanter

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for trochanter

The first known use of trochanter was in 1615

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for trochanter

trochanter

noun
tro·chan·ter | \trō-ˈkant-ər \

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- \ adjective

More from Merriam-Webster on trochanter

See words that rhyme with trochanter

Comments on trochanter

What made you want to look up trochanter? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

lying above or upon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!