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trochanter

[troh-kan-ter] /troʊˈkæn tər/
noun
1.
Anatomy. either of two knobs at the top of the femur, the greater on the outside and the lesser on the inside, serving for the attachment of muscles between the thigh and pelvis.
2.
Zoology. any similar prominence on the femur in many other vertebrates.
3.
Entomology. (in an insect) the usually small second segment of the leg, between the coxa and femur.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < New Latin < Greek trochantḗr ball on which the hip bone turns in its socket
Related forms
trochanteric
[troh-kuh n-ter-ik] /ˌtroʊ kənˈtɛr ɪk/ (Show IPA),
trochanteral, adjective
subtrochanteric, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for trochanter

trochanter

/trəʊˈkæntə/
noun
1.
any of several processes on the upper part of the vertebrate femur, to which muscles are attached
2.
the third segment of an insect's leg
Word Origin
C17: via French from Greek trokhantēr, from trekhein to run
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Word Origin and History for trochanter

1610s, from French trochanter (16c.), from Greek trokhanter, from trekhein "to run" (see truckle (n.)).

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trochanter in Medicine

trochanter tro·chan·ter (trō-kān'tər)
n.
Any of several bony processes on the upper part of the femur.

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