• WordNet 3.6
    • n fibula the outer and thinner of the two bones of the human leg between the knee and ankle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fibula A brooch, clasp, or buckle. "Mere fibulæ , without a robe to clasp."
    • Fibula (Surg) A needle for sewing up wounds.
    • Fibula (Anat) The outer and usually the smaller of the two bones of the leg, or hind limb, below the knee.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fibula In archaeology, a clasp or brooch, usually more or less ornamented. Objects of this kind are found among the earliest metallic remains of antiquity.
    • n fibula In surgery, a needle for sewing up wounds.
    • n fibula In anatomy, the outer one of two bones which in most vertebrates (above fishes) extend from the knee to the ankle: so called because in man the bone is very slender, like a clasp or splint applied alongside the tibia. When a fibula is complete, as it usually is, it extends the whole length of the tibia, its foot entering into the composition of the ankle-joint. When reduced, it is usually shortened from below, so that it does not reach the ankle, lying along a part of the tibia, and very frequently ankylosed with it; or it may be of full length and ankylosed above and below with the tibia, as in many rodents. The human fibula is a slender straight bone, as long as and separate from the tibia, and clubbed at both ends; the upper end is articulated with the tuberosity of the tibia, and excluded from the knee-joint; the lower end is connected with the tibia, and also articulated with the astragalus, thus entering into the ankle-joint, and forming the outer malleolus, or bony protuberance on the outer side of the ankle. Nine muscles are attached to this bone in man. See also cuts under Dromæus, Ichthyosauria, and tibiotarsus.
    • n fibula In masonry, an iron crank used to fasten stones together.
    • n fibula In zoology: A genus of echinoderms.
    • n fibula A genus of mollusks.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fibula fib′ū-la a clasp or buckle; the outer of the two bones from the knee to the ankle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., clasp, buckle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Several other articles are sometimes found in the tombs, such as gold and silver fibulae, swords, spears, armor, and several ornaments.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
The #upper end of the fibula# is seldom broken alone.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
The fibula appears to be in the same condition as in the horse.
"Little Masterpieces of Science:" by Various
The FIBULA is a smaller bone than the tibia, but of similar shape.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
There is an incomplete fibula.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
The ornament in most general use was the fibula, or brooch.
"Women of England, Volume 9 (of 10)" by Burleigh James Bartlett
The bones, however, most commonly fractured are the ulna and radius in the fore-limb, and the tibia and fibula in the posterior extremity.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
It contained a sort of altar and an abundance of Roman fibulae.
"The Towns of Roman Britain" by James Oliver Bevan
This tendon and the proximal end of the muscle pass between the head of the fibula and the outer cnemial crest.
"Myology and Serology of the Avian Family Fringillidae" by William B. Stallcup
Compare also the tibia and fibula.
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney

In news:

Levi Leipheimer Has Fractured Fibula .
COLUMBIA — Running back Kendial Lawrence has a broken fibula , the Missouri Athletics Department confirmed Tuesday after Gary Pinkel announced the news on two Kansas City radio stations earlier Tuesday morning.
Radway, the undrafted rookie wide receiver from McKinney, suffered a broken left fibula and tibia and will have surgery immediately after the team returns to Dallas.
Aldon Smith, Missouri's standout defensive lineman, will be out for a few weeks with a fractured fibula , coach Gary Pinkel said Monday morning.
Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur will be out up to six weeks after breaking the top of the fibula in his left leg preparing for training camp.
Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-Ledger Devils right winger David Clarkson returned for the first time Monday night after missing the last 13 games with a broken right fibula .
DEVILS NOTEBOOK David Clarkson was activated off injured reserve and returned to the lineup after missing 13 games with a broken right fibula .
JOHNSTOWN — Senior running back Greg Glasser, who had rushed for 323 yards in Berthoud High's first four games this season, broke his left fibula during a fourth-quarter run in Friday night's 26-22 win at Roosevelt.
Peterson Breaks His Fibula .
On Monday night in Minnesota, Andy Pettitte will make his second start since returning from his fractured fibula.
With Tew sidelined with a broken fibula for at least the next six weeks, Air Force's offense will have a much different identity.
The Yankees say it showed that his fractured left fibula continues to heal as expected.
Radiography studies of the left tibia and fibula were obtained.
The point guard misses his fifth game Sunday because of a small fracture in the head of his left fibula.
Keppinger suffers fibula fracture .