Definition of Femur

1. Noun. The longest and thickest bone of the human skeleton; extends from the pelvis to the knee.

Exact synonyms: Femoris, Thighbone
Terms within: Lateral Condyle, Medial Condyle, Trochanter
Group relationships: Thigh
Generic synonyms: Leg Bone
Derivative terms: Femoral

Definition of Femur

1. n. The thigh bone.

Definition of Femur

1. Noun. (context: anatomy) A thighbone. ¹

2. Noun. A segment of the leg of an insect or arachnid. ¹

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Definition of Femur

1. a bone of the leg [n -MURS or -MORA]

Medical Definition of Femur

1. The large bone in the thigh that articulates with the pelvis above and the knee below. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Femur

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femur head
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Literary usage of Femur

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1862)
"The persistency of the movements and functions of the limb, says M. Sédillot, is accounted for by the fulcrum afforded to the head of the femur by the depth ..."

2. An Introduction to Entomology by John Henry Comstock (1920)
"It consists usually of a very short, triangular or quadrangular segment, between the coxa and the femur. Sometimes the femur appears to articulate directly ..."

3. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"It consists in the skeleton of a single bone, the femur. ... The femur, like other long bones, is divisible into a shaft and two extremities. ..."

4. The Surgical Clinics of North America by Robert E. Hermann, Avram M. Cooperman (1921)
"TWO CASES OF ACUTE HEMATOGENOUS OSTEOMYELITIS OF THE femur Case I.—Boy of ten years. Admitted September, 1920. Chief complaint, throbbing pain in the left ..."

5. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical: Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1897)
"The femur (femur, the thigh) is the longest,1 largest, and strongest ... The femur, like other long bones, is divisible into a shaft and two extremities. ..."

6. The Treatment of fractures: With Notes Upon a Few Common Dislocations by Charles Locke Scudder (1915)
"The great trochanter of the femur is easily distinguished even in fat ... The internal condyle of the femur looks in the same general direction as the head ..."

7. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1913)
"January ig, 1913, spotted fox terrier 13 months old; right femur bared, scraped, two holes bored through it and one half of split femur from her own pup ..."

8. The Structure of Conflict by Paul G. Swingle (1885)
"Impacted fracture of neck of femur . . 886 507. Comminuted fracture of upper end of femur following impaction of neck. 886 568. Figure showing elevation of ..."

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