- The fibula is defined as the thinner of the two large bones in the part of the human leg between the knee and the ankle.
An example of a fibula is the outer bone that was broken when the child fell from the tree.
nounpl. fibulae or fibulas
- the long, thin outer bone of the human leg between the knee and the ankle
- a similar bone in the hind leg of other animals
- in ancient Greece or Rome, a buckle or clasp for fastening garments
Origin of fibulaClassical Latin a clasp, pin (; from base of figere, to fasten, fix): the bone, as it appears in man, is like a clasp
nounpl. fib·u·lae or fib·u·las
- a. The outer and narrower of two bones of the human lower leg, extending from the knee to the ankle.b. The corresponding bone in the leg or hind limb of other vertebrates.
- An often ornamented clasp or brooch used in ancient Greece and Rome to fasten clothes.
Origin of fibulaLatin fībula, clasp, from fīgere, to fasten; see dhīgw- in Indo-European roots.
top: bones of a human leg
bottom:7th–6th century bc bronze clasp
(plural fibulas or fibulae or fibulæ)
From Latin fībula (“clasp, buckle”).