One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The bone of the thigh or upper hindlimb, articulating at the hip and the knee.
- ‘Certain fractures of larger long bones, such as the femur, are hard to keep straight in a cast.’
- ‘In long bones, such as the femur (thigh bone) a more complex, spiral fracture is more common.’
- ‘Several areas of the pelvis and the femur are likely to sustain injuries.’
- ‘Now he has been left hobbling on crutches after muggers fractured the top of his femur (thigh bone) while trying to rip off his running shoes.’
- ‘Bruising of the articular cartilage of the femur (thigh bone) is also seen on the MRI scans of these patients.’
The third segment of the leg in insects and some other arthropods, typically the longest and thickest segment.
- ‘While the femur could likely fold back against the side to a considerable degree, it cannot rotate dorsoventrally.’
- ‘Upon thawing, the head and left metathoracic femur of each moth were removed and dried.’
- ‘Relative to the foundress, soldiers have an enlarged prothorax and fore femora, reduced wings and antennae, and a pale exoskeleton.’
- ‘Many of the diplodocid femora examined were stored, mounted, or damaged in such a way that measurement of their anterior surfaces was difficult or impossible.’
- ‘Severe injuries, involving the loss of tibiae, femora, and entire legs were rare but did occur in four exclusive and six nonexclusive pairs.’
Late 15th century: from Latin femur, femor- ‘thigh’.
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