• WordNet 3.6
    • n tibia the inner and thicker of the two bones of the human leg between the knee and ankle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tibia (Antiq) A musical instrument of the flute kind, originally made of the leg bone of an animal.
    • Tibia (Zoöl) The fourth joint of the leg of an insect. See Illust. under Coleoptera, and under Hexapoda.
    • Tibia (Anat) The inner, or preaxial, and usually the larger, of the two bones of the leg or hind limb below the knee.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tibia In organ-building, a stop of the open diapason species, with pipes of an exceptionally broad scale, giving a full, powerful tone. Different varieties are known by specific names, as tibia plena, tibia profonda, etc.
    • n tibia In anatomy and zoology, the inner and usually the larger of the two bones of the crus, or lower leg, extending from the knee to the ankle; the shin-bone of man. This is of prismatic section, with a greatly expanded head which articulates with the femur to the exclusion of the fibula, and a process at the foot which forms the inner malleolus of the ankle. The tibia forms the ankle-joint in all mammals which have one, with or without the fibula, by articulation with the astragalus. In many cases it appears to be the only bone of the lower leg, the fibula being shortened and partly aborted, or even completely ankylosed with the tibia. Much of the tibia is subcutaneous in man, and the character of the broad face and sharp edge of its prismatic section has an ethnological significance. See platycnemic., and cuts under crus, digitigrade, Equidæ, fibula, Ornithoscelida, Plantigrada, Plesiosaurus, tarsus, and skeleton, with several others cited under the last-named word.
    • n tibia In ornithology, the tibiotarsus. In some birds, as the loon, the tibia develops an immense apophysis which projects far above the knee-joint. See also cuts under Dromæus and tibiotarsus.
    • n tibia That segment of the hind limb which extends from the knee to the ankle; the part of the leg corresponding to the extent of the tibia; the crus; the drumstick of a fowl: used especially in ornithology.
    • n tibia In entomology, the fourth and penultimate joint of the leg, between the femur and the tarsus. It is often enlarged, as in saltatorial forms, especially in connection with such in-crassate femora as those of grasshoppers, etc. See cuts under corbiculum and coxa.
    • n tibia An ancient variety of flageolet, or direct flute, single or double. See flute, 1 .
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tibia tib′i-a the large shinbone
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., the shinbone, hence a flute.


In literature:

The tibia is shorter, too, than the tibia of the hind leg.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
One tibia, the only bone with both ends remaining, measured 141/2 inches.
"Archeological Investigations" by Gerard Fowke
The tibia and fibula (two bones of the shank) are joined together.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
The Tibia Plena is the most powerful and weighty of all the Tibia tribe of stops.
"The Recent Revolution in Organ Building" by George Laing Miller
The femurs and tibias of frogs are not visible here.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 101, March, 1866" by Various
With a single powerful blow of a starting-bar the Rough Red broke one of the bones of his tibia.
"Blazed Trail Stories" by Stewart Edward White
But think of gradation, even now manifest, (Tibia and Fibula).
"The Foundations of the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
The artery will now appear pulsating at a situation an inch from the edge of the tibia.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
The varieties of dislocation are named in terms of the direction in which the tibia passes: forward, backward, medial, and lateral.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles

In news:

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a ligament in the center of the knee that prevents the shin bone (tibia) from moving forward on the thigh bone (femur).
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.
The knee is a complex joint, which is made up of the distal end of the femur (the femoral condyles), and the proximal end of the tibia (the tibial plateau).
The knee is a complex joint, which is made up of the lower end of the thigh bone, or femur (the femoral condyles), and the proximal end of the shine bone, or tibia (the tibial plateau).
Culture-negative chronic osteomyelitis of the tibia with a Brodie's abscess.
Maroney has fractured tibia from fall during tour.
Radiography studies of the left tibia and fibula were obtained.
AP and lateral views of the left tibia and fibula reveal ununited fractures, medial-posterior angulation of the distal fragments, sclerosis at the fracture margins, and a multilaminar periosteal response (figure 1).
This is the first time the two-thousand year old tibia, or shin bone, has been in the United States.
In this photo supplied by Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, the right tibia of Australia's most infamous criminal, Ned Kelly is shown in Melbourne, Australia.
Derek Sherrod, who suffered broken tibia and fibula bones in his right leg last year, will probably be a spectator this season.

In science:

It is indeed true that the coupons machined in the human cortical femur and tibia bone are denser than that machined in the rib bone (ongoing analysis of unpublished test data).
Tensile material properties of human rib cortical bone under quasi-static and dynamic failure loading and influence of the bone microstucture on failure characteristics