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(fib′yə lə), n., pl. -lae
- Anatomy[Anat.]the outer and thinner of the two bones of the human leg, extending from the knee to the ankle. See diag. under skeleton.
- Zoology[Zool.]a corresponding bone, often rudimentary or ankylosed with the tibia, of the leg or hind limb of an animal.
- Jewelrya clasp or brooch, often ornamented, used by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
- *fīvibula, equivalent. to fīv(ere), early form of fīgere to fasten, fix + -i- -i- + -bula suffix denoting instrument; the bone so called from its resemblance to the tongue of a clasp
- Neo-Latin; Latin fībula bolt, pin, clasp, probably
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fibula /ˈfɪbjʊlə/ n ( pl -lae / -ˌliː/, -las)
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin: clasp, probably from fīgere to fastenˈfibular adj
- the outer and thinner of the two bones between the knee and ankle of the human leg
- the corresponding bone in other vertebrates
- a metal brooch resembling a safety pin, often highly decorated, common in Europe after 1300 bc
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