noun (plural femurs or femora /ˈfɛm(ə)rə/)
1 Anatomy The bone of the thigh or upper hindlimb, articulating at the hip and the knee.
- Bruising of the articular cartilage of the femur (thigh bone) is also seen on the MRI scans of these patients.
- In long bones, such as the femur (thigh bone) a more complex, spiral fracture is more common.
- Now he has been left hobbling on crutches after muggers fractured the top of his femur (thigh bone) while trying to rip off his running shoes.
2 Zoology The third segment of the leg in insects and some other arthropods, typically the longest and thickest segment.
- Relative to the foundress, soldiers have an enlarged prothorax and fore femora, reduced wings and antennae, and a pale exoskeleton.
- Severe injuries, involving the loss of tibiae, femora, and entire legs were rare but did occur in four exclusive and six nonexclusive pairs.
- Upon thawing, the head and left metathoracic femur of each moth were removed and dried.
- Example sentences
- The shark attacked more than once and severed the femoral artery which caused McInnis to bleed to death.
- Part of the intestine bulges where the femoral vein and artery pass from the top front of the thigh.
- The man had obviously sustained an injury to his femoral artery, the vessel that supplies blood to the lower limb.
Late 15th century: from Latin femur, femor- 'thigh'.
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