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thighbone

[thahy-bohn] /ˈθaɪˌboʊn/
noun
1.
femur (def 1).
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English the bane. See thigh, bone
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  • The goal of treatment is to keep the ball of the thighbone inside the socket.
British Dictionary definitions for thighbone

thighbone

/ˈθaɪˌbəʊn/
noun
1.
a nontechnical name for the femur
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thighbone in Medicine

thighbone thigh·bone (thī'bōn')
n.
See femur.

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Encyclopedia Article for thighbone

femur

upper bone of the leg or hind leg. The head forms a ball-and-socket joint with the hip (at the acetabulum), being held in place by a ligament (ligamentum teres femoris) within the socket and by strong surrounding ligaments. In humans the neck of the femur connects the shaft and head at a 125 angle, which is efficient for walking. A prominence of the femur at the outside top of the thigh provides attachment for the gluteus medius and minimus muscles. The shaft is somewhat convex forward and strengthened behind by a pillar of bone called the linea aspera. Two large prominences, or condyles, on either side of the lower end of the femur form the upper half of the knee joint, which is completed below by the tibia (shin) and patella (kneecap). Internally, the femur shows the development of arcs of bone called trabeculae that are efficiently arranged to transmit pressure and resist stress. Human femurs have been shown to be capable of resisting compression forces of 800-1,100 kg (1,800-2,500 pounds)

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