One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Flatness of the femur; the condition of a femur (often a fossil femur) in which the anteroposterior diameter of its shaft is unusually small relative to the corresponding transverse diameter.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. From platy- + ancient Greek μηρός thigh, thigh bone + -ia, after French platymèrie. Compare platymery, platymeric, and slightly later platymerism.
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