To see details on the word
please enable javascript.

Go to New Version of This Page
This old version has not been updated since 2016,
but we're leaving it in case you prefer it.
Show What's New
Please update your links from the new version.

His arthritis is so bad there is no cartilage between his femur and tibia.
  the thigh bone (extending from the pelvis to the knee) which is the longest and thickest bone of the human skeleton
 Mark word for later review on this computer
femur femurs
Web Links:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Dictionary -®
Dictionary/Synonyms - Google®
Dictionary List - OneLook®
Wikipedia Article
Google Images
  • His arthritis is so bad there is no cartilage between his femur and tibia.
  • So her femur was set with pins; skin grafts were taken.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Femurs, shinbones, skulls—the dismembered fossils of many hundreds of people, heaped up in no apparent order.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • I learned that the bones in the leg are the femur, the tibia, the patella, and the fibula.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind

  • Show more
  • Groans were mixed in with the cheers, but most everyone got to their feet and ambled toward the bonfire now blazing in the distance, where Nico di Angelo stood silhouetted in the flames, preparing rows of marshmallows on what looked like femur bones.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Jawbones, hipbones, femurs.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • The bullet that hit me had gone into my left quadriceps, grazed my femur, and exited through my groin muscle.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • The children watch engineers use pulleys to lift a fossilized dinosaur femur.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Nothing prepared him for the wall of bones that burst skyward—hundreds of femurs, ribs, and fibulas entangling the wolves, forming a spiky briar of human remains.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • This applied to me, because I had been on an enforced break when I had my broken femur.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor

  • Show more again
  • Skin and bones dancing, lips upcurled like oyster shells, a no-count man with a femur in his hair.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The tibia was strong, and considerably longer than the femur.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • The main body of the chandelier was formed by spinal columns, fused together; femurs and tibias dripped like decoration from the arms of the fixture, which swooped up to cradle human skulls, each holding a massive taper.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Four other Sherpas had hauled him out alive, but he was seriously injured, possibly with a broken femur.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Sato reeled amid the chaos, raising the gun, but the intruder grabbed a femur and lashed out with it, striking her shoulder with the leg bone.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • The surgeon watched him for a moment, then said, "A lung puncture, a deep concussion, a broken femur and a broken pelvis."
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • My femur was smashed.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • "Bones!" said Miss Simpkins with a shudder, finally setting the femur down on the captain’s desk as though it might come alive, snakelike, in her hand.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • No one could prove from the bodies of three wounded men, one with three bullet wounds in his abdomen, one with his jaw shot away and his vocal cords exposed, one with his femur smashed to bits by a bullet and his hands and face so badly burned that his face was just an eyelashless, eyebrowless, hairless blister that they were Russians.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • He had broken his pelvis, his right femur, and three of his ribs on the right side.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • On the table in front of me lay four rows of skulls, neatly aligned, ten to twelve skulls per row, and behind the skulls, two rows of what I thought were femurs, neatly stacked, hundreds per row.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • He got a license immediately, and he got a swell location, and he got the jack to put in leather chairs kind to the femurs, and a circular bar; and Slade, who never had a dime in his life after he paid rent and protection, now stands in the shadows under the murals of undressed dames in the midst of the glitter of chromium and tinted mirrors, wearing a double-breasted blue suit, with what’s left of his hair plastered over his skull, and keeps one eye on the black boys in white jackets…
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • The smallest of all bones was the stirrup in the inner ear, the largest, the femur, or thigh bone.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • For some it was a hand, for others a femur, yet others believed it was their noses that were made of glass.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • The entrance was covered with curtains of scaly reptile skin, and flanking the entrance, two torches made from colossal femur bones burned bright yellow.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • He was delighted to see it, for he now realized that his relationship to the femur, and to organic nature in general, was threefold: lyric, medical, and technical.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • An import-export firm bought the bones, sold them to a fertilizer enterprise, which may have used one or two femurs for laboratory tests but eventually decided to phase entirely into menhaden instead and transferred the remaining several tons to a holding company, which stored them in a warehouse outside of Fort Wayne, Indiana, for maybe a year before Beaconsfield got interested.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • …as the riders came up to the street, how she’d stood in a subterranean chapel in a Capuchin church and could not take her eyes off the skeletons stacked there, wondering about the monks whose flesh had once decorated these metatarsals and femurs and skulls, many skulls heaped in alcoves and hidey-holes, and she remembered thinking vindictively that these are the dead who will come out of the earth to lash and cudgel the living, to punish the sins of the living—death, yes, triumphant.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • High cheekbones and long nose, flared at the tip like the knobs at the bottom of a femur.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Kate sighed and paused only to pick up the femur from the captain’s desk.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • That is a femur.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • It was a gruesome mosaic of bones and gems—human femurs, hip bones, and ribs twisted and fused together into a smooth surface, dotted with diamonds and rubies.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • We’ve pinned your femur—that’s the big bone in your thigh.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • That afternoon, Dr. Ferguson came in with a strange nurse and took the stitches from the incision they had made to insert the intermedullary nail in Tom’s femur.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • If there was one bit of grace in breaking a hand bone, it was that the swelling was limited because there was far less flesh to tear around a thumb than around many other bones, like the femur or the radius.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
Search for samples from other sources:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Interest -- Source
General -- Google News®
General -- Time® Magazine
General -- Twitter®
Associated words [difficulty]:   femur [5] , fibula [7] , tibia [7] , patella [9] , vertebrae [3] , sternum [5] , clavicle [7] , fibula [7] , mandible [7] , tibia [7] , metacarpal [8] , humerus [9] , metatarsal [9] , patella [9] , ulna [9]
     If popups are enabled: Search in OneLook®   If Flash® is also enabled: Search in Visuwords®
Most commonly used in these subjects:   Medicine, Sports, Science
Home . . . enhancing vocabulary while reading