Trochanter definition

trō-kăntər
Any of several bony processes on the upper part of the femur of many vertebrates.
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The second proximal segment of the leg of an insect.
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Any of the jutting processes (in humans, two) at the upper end of the femur of many vertebrates.
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The second segment from the base of an insect leg.
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Any of several bony processes on the upper part of the femur of many vertebrates.
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The second proximal segment of the leg of an insect.
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(anatomy) In vertebrates with legs, the end of the femur near the hip joint, not including the head or neck.
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In some arthropods, the second segment of the leg, between the coxa and the femur.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
trochanter
Plural:
trochanters

Origin of trochanter

  • New Latin from Greek trokhantēr ball of the hip joint from trekhein to run

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek τροχαντήρ (trokhantēr)

    From Wiktionary