(In the legs of many mammals, birds, and dinosaurs) a ridge at the front of the head of the tibia or tibiotarsus to which the main extensor muscle of the thigh is attached.
- The cnemial crest is a rather enormous proximal extension of the tibiotarsus and sticks out beyond the distal end of the femur.
- A cnemial crest extends along the dorsal surface of the proximal end of the tibia.
- The tibia has an L-shaped distal articular surface (since it articulates with two tarsals) and a cnemial crest
Late 19th century: cnemial, from Greek knēmē 'tibia' + -al.
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