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humerus Line breaks: hu|merus
Pronunciation: /ˈhjuːm(ə)rəs/

Definition of humerus in English:

noun (plural humeri ˈhjuːm(ə)rʌɪ)

1 Anatomy The bone of the upper arm or forelimb, forming joints at the shoulder and the elbow.
Example sentences
  • The rotator cuff is made up of a ring of muscles and ligaments that joins the head of the humerus to the shoulder joint.
  • The elbow joint is formed by three bones; the humerus, radius, and ulna.
  • The humerus is the largest bone of the upper extremity.
1.1 Entomology The structure forming the front basal corner of an insect’s wing or wing case.


Late Middle English: from Latin, 'shoulder'.

Words that rhyme with humerus

humorous, numerous
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