[hyoo-mer-uhs or, often, yoo-]
noun, plural humeri [hyoo-muh-rahy or, often, yoo-] . Anatomy.
the long bone in the arm of humans extending from the shoulder to the elbow. See diags. under shoulder, skeleton.
Zoology. a corresponding bone, structure, or region in the forelimbs of other animals or in the wings of birds or insects.

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin (h)umerus shoulder; cognate with Greek ômos, Gothic ams, Sanskrit ámsas

humerus, humorous (see synonym study at humorous). Unabridged
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humerus (ˈhjuːmərəs)
n , pl -meri
1.  the bone that extends from the shoulder to the elbow
2.  the corresponding bone in other vertebrates
[C17: from Latin umerus; related to Gothic ams shoulder, Greek ōmos]

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1706, "bone of the upper arm," orig. (14c.) "shoulder," a misspelled borrowing of L. umerus "shoulder," from PIE *omesos (cf. Skt. amsah, Gk. omos, O.N. ass, Goth. ams "shoulder").
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humerus hu·mer·us (hyōō'mər-əs)
n. pl. hu·mer·i (-mə-rī')
The long bone of the arm or forelimb, extending from the shoulder to the elbow.

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humerus   (hy'mər-əs)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural humeri (hy'mər-ī')
The bone of the upper arm or the upper portion of the foreleg. See more at skeleton.
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long bone of the upper limb or forelimb of land vertebrates that forms the shoulder joint above, where it articulates with a lateral depression of the shoulder blade (glenoid cavity of scapula), and the elbow joint below, where it articulates with projections of the ulna and the radius

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