shinbone

[shin-bohn]
noun
the tibia.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English scinbān. See shin1, bone

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shinbone (ˈʃɪnˌbəʊn)
 
n
the nontechnical name for tibia

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shinbone shin·bone (shĭn'bōn')
n.
See tibia.

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shinbone

inner and larger of the two bones of the lower leg in vertebrates-the other is the fibula. In humans the tibia forms the lower half of the knee joint above and the inner protuberance of the ankle below. The upper part consists of two fairly flat-topped prominences, or condyles, that articulate with the condyles of the thighbone, or femur, above. The attachment of the ligament of the kneecap, or patella, to the tibial tuberosity in front completes the knee joint. The lateral condyle is larger and includes the point at which the fibula articulates. The tibia's shaft is approximately triangular in cross section; its markings are influenced by the strength of the attached muscles. It is attached to the fibula throughout its length by an interosseous membrane

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What looked l ike a shinbone, part of a torso maybe, something that might have been the back of the head.
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