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[fawr-ahrm, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌɑrm, ˈfoʊr-/
Anatomy. the part of the arm between the elbow and the wrist.
Zoology. the corresponding part of the foreleg between the elbow and the knee in certain quadrupeds.
Origin of forearm1
1735-45; fore- + arm1


[fawr-ahrm, fohr-] /fɔrˈɑrm, foʊr-/
verb (used with object)
to prepare in advance or beforehand, especially for difficulties.
1585-95; fore- + arm2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for forearm
  • Volkmann's contracture is a deformity of the hand, fingers, and wrist caused by injury to the muscles of the forearm.
  • For larger, broader strokes, you can used your more of your forearm muscles to flick your wrist downwards.
  • Asked to point to the spot of the injury, he pointed to the forearm area on the inside of the elbow.
  • The mouse should be held lightly, with the wrist and forearm relaxed.
  • He also has a sore right wrist, forearm and ribs as a result of the violent collision.
  • Similar to pulling a piece of tape off a hairy forearm.
  • My right forearm has a solid piece of shrapnel in it.
  • He sits in a relaxed position, forearm on knee, elongated hand dangling.
  • Apply a coin-sized patch of the product to the inside of your forearm and allow it to dry.
  • My forearm cramped up twice, and my two sharpest knives were left horribly dull.
British Dictionary definitions for forearm


the part of the arm from the elbow to the wrist related adjectives cubital radial
Word Origin
C18: from fore- + arm1


(transitive) to prepare or arm (someone, esp oneself) in advance
Word Origin
C16: from fore- + arm²
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Word Origin and History for forearm

1741, from fore- + arm (n.1).


1590s, from fore- + arm (v.) "take up weapons." Related: Forearmed; forearming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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forearm in Medicine

forearm fore·arm (fôr'ärm')
The part of the arm between the wrist and the elbow.

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