An example of the tibia is the bone below the many bruises that appear on the legs of a toddler.
nounpl. tibiae or tibias
- the inner and thicker of the two bones of the human leg between the knee and the ankle; shinbone
- a corresponding bone in the leg of other vertebrates
- the fourth segment (from the base) of an insect's leg
- an ancient flute, orig. made from an animal's tibia
Origin of tibiaClassical Latin ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
nounpl. tib·i·ae or tib·i·as
- a. The inner and larger of the two bones of the lower human leg, extending from the knee to the ankle.b. A corresponding bone in other vertebrates. Also called shinbone.
- The fourth division of an insect's leg, between the femur and the tarsus.
- Music An ancient flute.
Origin of tibiaLatin tībia, pipe, shinbone.
(plural tibias or tibiae)
- (anatomy) The inner and usually the larger of the two bones of the leg or hind limb below the knee.
- (zoology) A segment of an insect's leg.
- A musical instrument of the flute kind, originally made of the leg bone of an animal.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.