fibulae

fibula

[fib-yuh-luh]
noun, plural fibulae [fib-yuh-lee] , fibulas.
1.
Anatomy. the outer and thinner of the two bones of the human leg, extending from the knee to the ankle. See diag. under skeleton.
2.
Zoology. a corresponding bone, often rudimentary or ankylosed with the tibia, of the leg or hind limb of an animal.
3.
a clasp or brooch, often ornamented, used by the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Origin:
1665–75; < Neo-Latin; Latin fībula bolt, pin, clasp, probably < *fīvibula, equivalent to fīv(ere), early form of fīgere to fasten, fix + -i- -i- + -bula suffix denoting instrument; the bone so called from its resemblance to the tongue of a clasp

fibular, adjective
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fibula (ˈfɪbjʊlə)
 
n , pl -lae, -las
1.  Compare tibia the outer and thinner of the two bones between the knee and ankle of the human leg
2.  the corresponding bone in other vertebrates
3.  a metal brooch resembling a safety pin, often highly decorated, common in Europe after 1300 bc
 
[C17: from Latin: clasp, probably from fīgere to fasten]
 
'fibular
 
adj

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fibula
1706, from L. fibula "clasp, brooch," used in reference to the outer leg bone as a loan-translation of Gk. perone "bone in the lower leg," originally "clasp, brooch;" the bone was so called because it resembles a clasp like a modern safety pin.
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fibula fib·u·la (fĭb'yə-lə)
n. pl. fib·u·las or fib·u·lae (-lē')
The outer, narrower, and smaller of the two bones of the human lower leg, extending from the knee to the ankle, and articulating with the tibia above and the tibia and talus below. Also called calf bone.


fib'u·lar (-lər) adj.
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fibula   (fĭb'yə-lə)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural fibulae (fĭb'yə-lē') or fibulas
The smaller of the two bones of the lower leg or lower portion of the hind leg. See more at skeleton.
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