[fib-yuh-luh] /ˈfɪb yə lə/
noun, plural fibulae
[fib-yuh-lee] /ˈfɪb yəˌli/ (Show IPA), fibulas.
Anatomy. the outer and thinner of the two bones of the human leg, extending from the knee to the ankle.
Zoology. a corresponding bone, often rudimentary or ankylosed with the tibia, of the leg or hind limb of an animal.
a clasp or brooch, often ornamented, used by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
noun (pl) -lae (-ˌliː), -las
the outer and thinner of the two bones between the knee and ankle of the human leg Compare tibia
the corresponding bone in other vertebrates
a metal brooch resembling a safety pin, often highly decorated, common in Europe after 1300 bc
1670s, “clasp, buckle, brooch;” 1706 as “smaller bone in the lower leg,” from Latin fibula “clasp, brooch,” related to figere “to fasten, fix” (see fix (v.)).
Used in reference to the outer leg bone as a loan-translation of Greek perone “small bone in the lower leg,” originally “clasp, brooch; anything pointed for piercing or pinning;” the bone was so called because it resembles a clasp like a modern safety pin.
fibula fib·u·la (fĭb’yə-lə)
n. pl. fib·u·las or fib·u·lae (-lē’)
The outer, narrower, and smaller of the two bones of the human lower leg, extending from the knee to the ankle, and articulating with the tibia above and the tibia and talus below. Also called calf bone.
fib’u·lar (-lər) adj.
Plural fibulae (fĭb’yə-lē’) or fibulas
The smaller of the two bones of the lower leg or lower portion of the hind leg. See more at skeleton.
- Fibular artery
fibular artery n. See peroneal artery.
- Fibular nerve
fibular nerve n. Any of the three peroneal nerves: common, deep, and superficial peroneal.
- Fibular vein
fibular vein n. See peroneal vein.
fibulocalcaneal fib·u·lo·cal·ca·ne·al (fĭb’yə-lō-kāl-kā’nē-əl) adj. Relating to the fibula and the calcaneus.