Definition of humerus in English:


Pronunciation /ˈ(h)yo͞omərəs/ /ˈ(h)jumərəs/

Translate humerus into Spanish


  • 1Anatomy
    The bone of the upper arm or forelimb, forming joints at the shoulder and the elbow.

    ‘The rotator cuff is made up of a ring of muscles and ligaments that joins the head of the humerus to the shoulder joint.’
    • ‘The elbow joint is formed by three bones; the humerus, radius, and ulna.’
    • ‘The humerus is the largest bone of the upper extremity.’
    • ‘The other concomitant injuries were bilateral serial rib fractures and fractures of both clavicles, scapula, humerus, and pelvis.’
    • ‘Fractures of the humerus, scapula and clavicle usually result from a direct blow or a fall onto an outstretched hand.’
    1. 1.1Entomology A structure in an insect involving, or in the region of, the front basal corners of the wings or wing cases.


Late Middle English from Latin, ‘shoulder’.