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An anterior appendage, such as a leg, wing, or flipper.
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(Zoology) either of the front or anterior limbs of a four-limbed vertebrate: a foreleg, flipper, or wing
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(ˈfɔrˌlɪm, ˈfoʊr-)

a front limb of an animal.
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Noun1.forelimb - the front limb (or the homologous structure in other animals, such as a flipper or wing)forelimb - the front limb (or the homologous structure in other animals, such as a flipper or wing)
forepaw - front paw; analogous to the human hand
foreleg - the forelimb of a quadruped
limb - one of the jointed appendages of an animal used for locomotion or grasping: arm; leg; wing; flipper
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The sharp, three-toed talons of the forelimbs seized poor Tippet, and Bradley saw the unfortunate fellow lifted high above the ground as the creature again reared up on its hind legs, immediately transferring Tippet's body to its gaping jaws, which closed with a sickening, crunching sound as Tippet's bones cracked beneath the great teeth.
When blood clots form in the heart, they will often dislodge and enter the bloodstream where they may cause a blockage of blood supply, resulting in clinical signs including hind limb or forelimb paralysis/limping, vocalization, and apparent discomfort.
The feline's left forelimb was caught in the lethal hunting device, however, the injured leopard is currently under medical care at a transit facility.
Rats with spinal cords half-severed at the second cervical vertebrae (C2) regained complete diaphragm and partial forelimb function on the severed side after treatment.
Morphometric analysis of the cadmium treated groups indicated a significant (p<0.05 to p<0.001) reduction in fetal body weight, crown rump length, head circumference, eye circumference, forelimb and hind limb lengths and tail size compared to control fetuses.
Expression of genes related to the immune, skeletal and vascular systems showed big increases over time, which suggests Pax3+ cells give rise to more than muscles: they're involved in patterning and the three-dimensional formation of the forelimb through multiple systems.
The puppy suffered bruises to all of its limbs, with a deep laceration on the left forelimb and hind leg that exposed bone.
Neuralstem highlighted the publication of a manuscript in Nature Medicine showing that NSI-566, Neuralstem's lead cell therapy candidate, provided meaningful improvement in forelimb function in a non-human primate model of acute spinal cord injury.
The scientists recovered parts of its skull, lower jaw, neck and back vertebrae, ribs, shoulder and forelimb, back foot and osteoderms.
Its skeleton is important in being the most complete dinosaur specimen so far discovered from the end of the Cretaceous in Africa, preserving parts of the skull, the lower jaw, neck and back vertebrae, ribs, most of the shoulder and forelimb, part of the hind foot and pieces of dermal plates, the study said.
In the article titled "Mechanism of Restoration of Forelimb Motor Function after Cervical Spinal Cord Hemisection in Rats: Electrophysiological Verification" [1], there were errors in the compound muscle action potential (CMAP) results reported in the Rats for Hemisection section, Table 1, and Figure 9, as follows: