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(ˈfi mər)

n., pl. fe•murs, fem•o•ra (ˈfɛm ər ə)
1. the long upper bone of the hind leg of vertebrates, extending from the pelvis to the knee; thighbone.
2. the often enlarged third segment of an insect leg, between the trochanter and the tibia.
[1555–65; < Latin: thigh]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thighbone - the longest and thickest bone of the human skeletonthighbone - the longest and thickest bone of the human skeleton; extends from the pelvis to the knee
lateral condyle - a condyle on the outer side of the lower extremity of the femur
medial condyle - a condyle on the inner side of the lower extremity of the femur
thigh - the part of the leg between the hip and the knee
trochanter - one of the bony prominences developed near the upper extremity of the femur to which muscles are attached
leg bone - a bone of the leg


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technical name femur


[ˈθaɪˌbəʊn] nfemore m
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When he came to himself the splintered portions of his thighbone had been extracted, the torn flesh cut away, and the wound bandaged.
Fibrous dysplasia can affect any bone in the body, however, it most commonly targets thighbone (femur), shinbone (tibia), upper arm bone (humerus), skull, ribs, and pelvis.
With total hip replacement, both meeting points of the pelvis and the thighbone (femur) are replaced.
The system also separates the thighbone including kneecap from the fillet while the oyster muscle remains firmly attached, enhancing presentation quality.
A four-day inquest at Bradford Coroner's Court heard that problems developed after she suffered a fall and a fracture of a thighbone in autumn 2011.
Three bones meet to form your knee joint: your thighbone (femur), shinbone (tibia), and kneecap (patella).
Your ACL is one of two ligaments that cross in the middle of the knee and connect your thighbone, or femur, to your shinbone, or tibia.
Meanwhile, recovering from a broken back, thighbone and foot, James was unable to return to university after the crash, which left him in hospital for two months.
Sometimes, instead of a total hip replacement, patients undergo hip resurfacing, where the head of the thighbone is not removed but instead topped with a cast metal (typically titanium or cobalt-chromium) covering.
They included multiple fractures to his ribs, twisting fractures to both of his upper arms and to both bones in his lower left arm, healed fractures to his right thighbone, left shinbone and a healed fracture to one of his big toes.
Some tissues which easily accumulate lead toxin (liver, kidneys, thighbone and brain) were separated and their lead, calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium levels were quantified and compared.
The lower leg and foot are rotated 180 degrees, the length is adjusted, and the shinbone is then fused to the thighbone - with the foot positioned where the knee used to be with the heel in front and the toes pointing back.