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Definition of "femur" []

  • A bone of the leg situated between the pelvis and knee in humans. It is the largest and strongest bone in the body. (noun)
  • A functionally similar bone in the leg or hind limb of a vertebrate animal. Also called thighbone. (noun)
  • The thick, most muscular segment of the insect leg, situated between the trochanter and the tibia. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "femur" in a sentence
  • "Bisecting the main room is a floor-to-ceiling femur from a prison production of "King Kong" (bought secondhand) which stands against the wall."
  • "The man suffered a shattered left femur from the gunshot, according to authorities."
  • "A large incomplete rodent femur from a Quaternary cave deposit near Barahona, Puerto Rico, is established as the holotype of Tainotherium valei, a new extinct genus and species."