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Latin fībula clasp from fīgere to fasten dhīgw- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latin fībula (“clasp, buckle”).
The tibia and fibula are united inferiorly, the tympanic bulla is hollow and the infra-orbital foramen narrow.
Moreover, the crowns of the hinder cheek-teeth are taller, and more distinctly crescentic, both feet are two-toed, the ulna and radius are fused, and the fibula is represented only by its lower part.
Reduction of the fibula till nothing but its lower extremity remains.
The distal half of the fibula is very slender and normally does not reach the ankle-joint; it is attached to the peroneal ridge of the tibia.
There are four functional toes in front and three behind; while the calcaneum, unlike that of the other three groups, articulates with the fibula.
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