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cal·car 1

n. pl. cal·car·i·a (kăl-kâr′ē-ə)
A spur or spurlike projection, such as one found on the base of a petal or on the wing or leg of a bird.

[Latin, spur, from calx, calc-, heel.]

cal·car 2

A furnace formerly used in glassmaking for calcination of materials into frit.

[Italian calcara, from Late Latin calcāria (fornāx), lime(-kiln), from Latin, feminine of calcārius, of lime; see calcareous.]


n, pl calcaria (kælˈkɛərɪə)
(Biology) a spur or spurlike process, as on the leg of a bird or the corolla of a flower
[C19: from Latin, from calx heel]


(ˈkæl kɑr)

n., pl. cal•car•i•a (kælˈkɛər i ə)
a spur or spurlike process.
[< Latin: spur]
cal′ca•rate`, adj.
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For patients with intertrochanteric fractures, long-stem prostheses (cemented or uncemented depending on bone density and morphology of medullary cavity) were used if it was noted during the surgery that calcar femorale or lesser trochanter fracture was present, and that medial femur could not support the prosthesis sufficiently (Fig.
The benefit of minimal surgical exposure, more efficient load transfer through calcar femorale and decreased tensile strain on the implant because of its shorter lever arm makes proximal Femoral Nail a good choice of implant for subtrochanteric fractures of the femur.