One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to the humerus.‘a humeral fracture’
- ‘The treatment of stable proximal humeral fractures (those displaced less than 1 cm) consists of a shoulder immobilizer to prevent external rotation and abduction.’
- ‘They surmised that the bone formation was caused by repetitive mechanical stress to the proximal humeral epiphysis during growth.’
- ‘Repeated stresses from overhead motions like throwing can lead to fatigue of the muscles that stabilize the humeral head and prevent anterior subluxation.’
- ‘We believe the shoulder pain may be occurring because of superior displacement of the humeral head due to weakness of the external rotator muscles.’
- ‘The examiner must check for associated injuries, including proximal humeral fractures, avulsion of the rotator cuff, and injuries to the adjacent neurovascular structures.’
2(in Catholic use) denoting a plain vestment worn around the shoulders when administering the sacrament.
Late 16th century: from French, or from late Latin humeralis, from Latin humerus (see humerus).
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