Definition of cnemial crest in English:

cnemial crest

Line breaks: cne|mial crest
Pronunciation: /ˈ(k)niːmɪəl


  • (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.
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    • 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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