Definition of humerus in English:


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

noun (plural humeri /-rʌɪ/)

  • 1The bone of the upper arm or forelimb, forming joints at the shoulder and the elbow.
    More 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'.

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