• WordNet 3.6
    • n humerus bone extending from the shoulder to the elbow
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Humerus (Anat) The bone of the brachium, or upper part of the arm or fore limb.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n humerus In anatomy: The bone of the upper arm, extending from the shoulder-joint to the elbow-joint. In all the higher vertebrates it is a single bone, usually of much greater length than thickness, and more or less cylindrical, but in a few cases short and stout and very irregular. It articulates above with the scapula, or scapula and coracoid, by a convex head; below by its condyles with the bones of the forearm. It is remarkably slender and cylindrical in man, and still more so in bats. See cut under epicondyle.
    • n humerus The proscapula of fishes: so called by Cuvier and his followers.
    • n humerus The mesocoracoid of fishes: so designated by Owen and others.
    • n humerus The shoulder or upper arm and associated parts.
    • n humerus In entomology: The femur of the fore leg; the brachium.
    • n humerus The subcostal or sub-marginal vein of the fore wing of certain hymenopters.
    • n humerus The front corner of the thoracic region seen from above; the shoulder: this may be the prothorax, as in Coleoptera, or the mesothorax, as in Diptera.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Humerus the arm from the shoulder to the elbow: the bone of the upper arm:—pl. Hū′meri (-rī)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. humerus, the shoulder.


In literature:

The upper extremities consisted of perfect shoulder joints, but only 1/4 of each humerus was present.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
Mode of compressing this vessel against the humerus.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
This is met with chiefly in the humerus and in the clavicle.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Fracture of the arm (humerus) or leg (tibia) is likely to be attended with better results.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Now and again, as I pulled myself up some difficult reach I could feel the head of the humerus move from its socket.
"Alaska Days with John Muir" by Samual Hall Young
From the same stratum, also, they drew up the lower half of the humerus of a ruminant, at first referred to a hyaena.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
Humerus about 2-1/2 in.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4" by Various
A short humerus gives better lever action in the flight stroke than a long humerus does.
"Phylogeny of the Waxwings and Allied Birds" by M. Dale Arvey
The humerus is likewise shorter relatively to the fore-arm.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Vol. I (1st edition)" by Charles Darwin
If the view suggested by Von Meyer is adopted, this bone would be a first digit extending outward and backward towards the humerus.
"Dragons of the Air" by H. G. Seeley

In news:

Surgeons implant a telescoping artificial bone to replace the boy's humerus, which had to be removed because of a rare cancer.
A semicircular radiopacity lies anterior to the distal humerus on the lateral radiograph (Figure 1).
The Texas Rangers have lost reigning AL MVP outfielder Josh Hamilton for extended time because of a fracture in his right humerus (arm).
There are several common radiographic findings, seen in the humerus that simulate a pathological process.
Lou isn't able to put weight on his left front leg because of plates that immobilize his elbow while a fracture in his humerus heals.
Her work with dinosaurs has shown that their bones grew quickly, and when she took a look at Nyasasauru s's humerus, she found that it had, too.
Kirk Johnson, vice president of research and collections and chief curator for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, holds up the humerus bone of a mastodon discovered last week at the Ziegler Reservoir ice age fossil site.
EZ-IO® Intraosseous Infusion System Real Time Humerus Infusion.
The humerus bone from a whale 's fin, found on the beach in winter.

In science:

Brachiosaurus, none of which pertain to the coracoid, humerus or femur (Table 1).
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
B. altithorax] is some 10% longer relative to the humerus than in B.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
As with the humerus, the femur is somewhat more gracile in B. brancai than in B.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs