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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]
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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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When he came to himself the splintered portions of his thighbone had been extracted, the torn flesh cut away, and the wound bandaged.
Angouleme, July 28 (BNA): French paleontologists found a thighbone of a giant sauropod, an herbivorous dinosaur dating from the late Jurassic era, at an excavation site in southwestern France this week.
What is commonly called a hip fracture is really a break in the neck of the longest bone of the human body, the femur or thighbone. Body weight is transmitted heavily into the hip joint.
In total knee replacement surgery, the surface of the thighbone (femur) is replaced with a contoured metal component designed to fit the curve of a patient's bone.
Women with the highest levels of anxiety had lower bone mineral density in the lumbar spine and femoral neck (which links the main part of the femur, or thighbone, to the ball that forms the hip joint).
Shtewi was injured in his thighbone, and was moved to hospital for medical treatment.
A farmer in Argentina first spotted the titanosaur's buried thighbone in 2010.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) connects the thighbone to the shinbone, at the knee.
Last September he volunteered for a trial that saw a titanium rod hammered into his thighbone so he could connect a prosthetic leg.
In projecting us back to a time when mirrors had a similar power, Lara achieved a feat of time travel as thrillingly vertiginous as the jump cut from spinning thighbone to orbiting spaceship in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.