Definition of forelimb in English:



  • Either of the front limbs of an animal; a foreleg, wing, flipper, etc.

    • ‘Both the forelimb and the hindlimb have one long bone that attaches to the body at one end and to two long bones at the other end.’
    • ‘By mapping homologous skeletal elements of the vertebrate forelimb onto their phylogeny, an explicit alternative interpretation of the significance of Hox gene expression emerges.’
    • ‘But the creature's most unusual feature was a set of long, asymmetric feathers with hooked barbs on its hind limbs and forelimbs.’
    • ‘The forelimbs are specialized to form flippers, and the hind limbs and pelvis are extremely small and do not normally extend out of the body wall of the animal.’
    • ‘Their stream-lined bodies entirely lack hindlimbs, their forelimbs are reduced, they have lidless eyes, and large external gills and gill slits.’
    • ‘An obvious modification was the elongation of feathers or ‘proto-feathers,’ which extended and broadened the forelimb into a wing that was much more sensitive to air flow.’
    • ‘Additionally, a nonstandard lead was observed across the left forelimb and right hindlimb.’
    • ‘They are adapted for leaping, with hind limbs much longer than forelimbs.’
    • ‘The several theories for the origin of avian feathers, as well as for the origin of the winged forelimb and avian flight, are all historical-narrative explanations.’
    • ‘Also, dinosaurs have exactly the wrong anatomy for developing flight, with their large tails and hindlimbs and short forelimbs.’
    • ‘In this position the gorilla's weight-line (or ‘centre of gravity’ line) falls between the forelimbs and the hind limbs.’
    • ‘They have no eyelids, and all species have four fingers on each forelimb, five toes on each hind limb, and caudal fins.’
    • ‘Does the discovery of asymmetrical flight feathers on the forelimbs and hind limbs of dromaeosaurs affect the debate about the evolution of avian flight.’
    • ‘The limbs are long, and the hindlimbs are longer than forelimbs and in most are well adapted for running.’
    • ‘Short but deep jaws with banana-sized sharp teeth, long hind limbs, small beady eyes, and tiny forelimbs typify a tyrannosaur.’
    • ‘The wings of birds, forelimbs of a lizard and human arms are homologies, because they are all derived from the same primitive structure in the common ancestor of these groups.’
    • ‘Feathers could have elongated on the forelimbs and lateral margins of the elongated tail in connection with leaping and parachuting out of trees.’
    • ‘For the sake of simplicity we will not address the bones of the wrist and paw in our study of the forelimb and girdle.’
    • ‘This specimen consists of a nearly complete tail, the right forelimb complete through the metacarpals, both sternal plates, and both ischia.’
    • ‘Most mammals use their forelimbs to accomplish tasks.’
    upper limb, appendage
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