Definition of humerus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)yo͞omərəs/

noun (plural humeri /-məˌrī/)

1The 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 A structure in an insect involving, or in the region of, the front basal corners of the wings or wing cases.


Late Middle English: from Latin, 'shoulder'.

Words that rhyme with humerus

humorous, numerous

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Syllabification: hu·mer·us

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