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tibia

[tib-ee-uh] /ˈtɪb i ə/
noun, plural tibiae
[tib-ee-ee] /ˈtɪb iˌi/ (Show IPA),
tibias.
1.
Anatomy. the inner of the two bones of the leg, that extend from the knee to the ankle and articulate with the femur and the talus; shinbone.
2.
Zoology.
  1. a corresponding bone in a horse or other hoofed quadruped, extending from the stifle to the hock.
  2. (in insects) the fourth segment of the leg, between the femur and tarsus.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; < Latin tībia literally, reed pipe
Related forms
tibial, adjective
posttibial, adjective
pretibial, adjective
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  • Two partial skulls and the fragment of a tibia had previously been discovered in the area.
  • And she had broken a tibia eight years earlier, the last time she'd been skiing.
  • X-rays showed a broken left tibia, and team officials said he would need surgery.
  • The tibia is the largest bone in the lower leg, and the injury is at the point where the tibia connects to the ankle.
  • Tests showed he broke his tibia plateau and has a fracture displacement.
  • The tibia also fits into the foot in a way that would have made upright walking likely.
British Dictionary definitions for tibia

tibia

/ˈtɪbɪə/
noun (pl) tibiae (ˈtɪbɪˌiː), tibias
1.
Also called shinbone. the inner and thicker of the two bones of the human leg between the knee and ankle Compare fibula
2.
the corresponding bone in other vertebrates
3.
the fourth segment of an insect's leg, lying between the femur and the tarsus
Derived Forms
tibial, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: leg, pipe
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Word Origin and History for tibia
n.

lower leg bone, 1726, from Latin tibia "shinbone," also "pipe, flute," in which sense it originally came into English (1540s). Of unknown origin. The Latin plural is tibiæ.

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tibia in Medicine

tibia tib·i·a (tĭb'ē-ə)
n. pl. tib·i·as or tib·i·ae (-ē-ē')
The inner and larger of the two bones of the lower leg, extending from the knee to the ankle, and articulating with the femur, fibula, and talus. Also called shinbone.


tib'i·al adj.
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tibia in Science
tibia
  (tĭb'ē-ə)   
The larger of the two bones of the lower leg or lower portion of the hind leg. See more at skeleton.
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