WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
hu•mer•us /ˈhyumərəs/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -mer•i 
    /-məˌraɪ/.USA pronunciation  
  1. Anatomythe long upper bone extending from the shoulder to the elbow.
hu•mer•al, adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
hu•mer•us  (hyo̅o̅mər əs or, often, yo̅o̅-),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -mer•i (-mə rī′).USA pronunciation [Anat.]
  1. Anatomythe long bone in the arm of humans extending from the shoulder to the elbow. See diagrams under  shoulder, skeleton. 
  2. Anatomy, Zoologybrachium.
  3. [Zool.]a corresponding bone, structure, or region in the forelimbs of other animals or in the wings of birds or insects.
  • Latin (h)umerus shoulder; cognate with Greek ômos, Gothic ams, Sanskrit ámsas
  • Middle English 1350–1400


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

humerus /ˈhjuːmərəs/ n ( pl -meri / -məˌraɪ/)
  1. the bone that extends from the shoulder to the elbow
  2. the corresponding bone in other vertebrates
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin umerus; related to Gothic ams shoulder, Greek ōmos



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