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long bone

noun, Anatomy, (in vertebrate animals)
any of the long, cylindrical, marrow-containing bones of the limbs:
the long bone of the arm.
Origin of long bone
1855-60 Unabridged
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  • He gropes gently back and forth and-so quickly it seems miraculous-extracts a long bone the color of mahogany: a human femur.
  • It is a long bone, prismatic in form and slightly curved longitudinally.
  • Among those fossils is a three-inch fragment of the shoulder end of the bird's humerus, the long bone of the upper arm.
  • Nearby is a long bone, a femur probably, that has been gnawed to a bloodless white.
long bone in Medicine

long bone n.
One of the elongated bones of the extremities, consisting of a tubular shaft, which is composed of compact bone surrounding a central marrow-filled cavity, and two expanded portions that usually serve as articulation points.

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