Definition of Trochanter

1. Noun. One of the bony prominences developed near the upper extremity of the femur to which muscles are attached.

Generic synonyms: Appendage, Outgrowth, Process
Group relationships: Femoris, Femur, Thighbone

Definition of Trochanter

1. n. One of two processes near the head of the femur, the outer being called the great trochanter, and the inner the small trochanter.

Definition of Trochanter

1. Noun. (anatomy) In vertebrates with legs, the end of the femur near the hip joint, not including the head or neck. ¹

2. Noun. In some arthropods, the second segment of the leg, between the coxa and the femur. ¹

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Definition of Trochanter

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Medical Definition of Trochanter

1. 1. One of two processes near the head of the femur, the outer being called the great trochanter, and the inner the small trochanter. 2. The third joint of the leg of an insect, or the second when the trochantine is united with the coxa. Origin: NL, fr. Gr. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Trochanter

trochanter (current term)
trochanter major
trochanter minor
trochanter reflex
trochanter tertius
trochanteric bursa
trochanteric bursitis
trochanteric crest
trochanteric fossa
trochanteric syndrome

Literary usage of Trochanter

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

1. An Introduction to Entomology by John Henry Comstock (1920)
"The trochanter. — The trochanter is the second part of the leg. It consists usually of a very short, triangular or quadrangular segment, between the coxa ..."

2. A Treatise on dislocations and fractures of the joints by Astley Cooper, Bransby Blake Cooper (1851)
"Fractures of the cervix into the concetti of the trochanter are known by the effusion of ... The fracture of the trochanter major may be easily known by the ..."

3. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The external surface of the great trochanter is to be felt, especially in certain positions of the limb. Its position is generally indicated by a depression ..."

4. The Anatomy of the Human Body .. by John Bell, Charles Bell (1802)
"... and is inferred into, the back of the great trochanter, ... where the trochanter is joined to the bone, and goes obliquely betwixt the trochanter major ..."

5. Treatise on Fractures by John Bingham Roberts, James Alphonsus Kelly (1916)
"Fracture of the Great trochanter, or Separation of the Apophysis. — Isolated fracture of the great trochanter (Figs. 618-619) is a very rare injury. ..."

6. The Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body by John Bell, Charles Bell (1829)
"The trochanter MAJOR, the outermost and longer of the two, is that great bump which represents the direct end of the thigh-bone, while the neck stands off ..."

7. The Dublin Journal of Medical Science (1876)
"Fracture of the trochanter Major.—DR. FW WARREN : The specimen which I have the honour of submitting to the Society is an example of that extremely rare ..."

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