Definition of humeral in US English:



  • 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).