Definition of hind limb in English:

hind limb

(also hindlimb)


  • Either of the back limbs of an animal.

    • ‘The limbs are long, and the hindlimbs are longer than forelimbs and in most are well adapted for running.’
    • ‘The forelimbs are smaller than the hindlimbs, but the disparity in size is not as great as in kangaroos and wallabies.’
    • ‘The hindlimbs have three claws and are also syndactylous.’
    • ‘Both hindlimbs are directed outward from the pelvis, with the superbly preserved pedes exposed splayed out in dorsal view.’
    • ‘Frogs have radically truncated vertebral columns, relatively large hindlimbs, and a well-developed array of epaxial musculature.’
    • ‘The forelimbs and hindlimbs of vertebrates arise at precise positions along the antero-posterior axis of the body.’
    • ‘With baboons the forelimbs and hindlimbs are both rather leg-like, and support the animal as it moves quadrupedally over the ground, rather like a dog.’
    • ‘In summary, an elaborate locomotor pattern is still expressed in the hindlimbs after complete spinalisation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both forelimbs and hindlimbs are short and heavily built.’
    • ‘Also, dinosaurs have exactly the wrong anatomy for developing flight, with their large tails and hindlimbs and short forelimbs.’
    • ‘The forelimbs and hindlimbs are transformed into paddles.’
    • ‘Most muscles in both the forelimb and hindlimb are gracile, with simple parallel fibered strap-like architecture.’
    • ‘The interclavicle is absent and the forelimbs are usually markedly shorter than the hindlimbs.’
    • ‘At slow speed, macropodids land on their forelimbs and tail, while swinging their hindlimbs forward.’
    • ‘Adults are stout-bodied, with strong hindlimbs and webbed feet.’
    • ‘This is deceiving; it looks like the head and wing bones were too bulky, and the hindlimbs appear small and weak.’
    • ‘They were clearly active hunters, and the hindlimbs were much larger than the forelimbs.’
    • ‘Why develop an entirely new genetic program for hindlimbs?’
    • ‘Sharovipteryx is a strange animal with what appears to be a membrane of skin stretched between the hindlimbs and tail.’