Definition of Long bone

1. Noun. In limbs of vertebrate animals: a long cylindrical bone that contains marrow.

Exact synonyms: Os Longum
Generic synonyms: Bone, Os
Terms within: Endosteum, Metaphysis
Specialized synonyms: Epiphysis, Diaphysis, Shaft, Arm Bone, Leg Bone

Definition of Long bone

1. Noun. (anatomy) Any of the relatively slender bones of the upper and lower extremities. ¹

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Medical Definition of Long bone

1. One of the elongated bones of the extremities, consisting of a tubular shaft (diaphysis) and two extremities (epiphyses) usually wider than the shaft; the shaft is composed of compact bone surrounding a central medullary cavity. Compare: short bone. Synonym: os longum, pipe bone. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Long Bone

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long black
long bone (current term)
long bones
long buccal nerve
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long ciliary nerve
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long drink
long drink of water

Literary usage of Long bone

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

1. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1914)
"I am in favor of the autogenous bone splint in the medulla of the long bone, taking a little chuck out of the tibia and introducing it into the medulla of ..."

2. General Surgical Pathology and Therapeutics, in Fifty Lectures by Theodor Billroth (1890)
"... for experience shows they cannot aeal up in the osseous cicatrix. This elimination of the sequestrated of fracture of a long bone with external wound, ..."

3. Handbook of Severe Disability: A Text for Rehabilitation Counselors, Other edited by Walter C. Stolov, Michael R. Clowers (2000)
"Each end of a long bone is called an epiphysis, and the diaphysis is the long shaft between them. At the junction of the epiphysis and the diaphysis at each ..."

4. The Anatomy of the human skeleton by Henry Morris, John Ernest Frazer (1914)
"The primary nucleus of a long bone appears quite early in foetal life, and the main part (shaft) ... On section, the shaft of a foetal long bone is seen ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and General (1890)
"If the outer surface of the compact tissue of a long bone and the wall of the medullary canal be examined with a pocket lens, they will be seen to be ..."

6. The U. S. Coal Industry, 1970-1990: Two Decades of ChangeTechno (1992)
"In another study conducted by the US Navy, the long-bone radiographs of a group of 177 non-diving enlisted men were compared to the long-bone radiographs of ..."

7. Anatomy, Descriptive and Applied by Henry Gray (1913)
"Cases, however, occur where the inflammatory process affects the whole or a great portion of the diaphysis of a long bone, and here extensive death of the ..."

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