American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or located in the region of the humerus or the shoulder.
- adj. Relating to or being a body part analogous to the humerus.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the humerus.
- Of or pertaining to the upper arm or the shoulder.
- In entomology, pertaining to, or situated on or near, a humerus or anterior corner of the thorax or wing-cover.
- The exterior angle of a beetle's elytrum, adjoining the pronotum.
- A bend in the anterior margin of the wing, near the base, found in certain insects.
- n. Same as amice, 2.
- n. The second joint, counting from the base, of the pedipalp of a spider. It is generally long and rather slender.
- n. The clavicle; a large bone of the shoulder-girdle of fishes. Not homologous with the bone called
humeralby Agassiz, nor with that called humerusby Geoffroy or Owen or Erdl. Starks, Synonymy of the Fish Skeleton, p. 521.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the humerus, or upper part of the arm; brachial.
“A key adaptation that helped modern penguins to invade the cold waters of Antarctica within the last 16 million years is the so-called humeral arterial plexus, a network of blood vessels that limits heat loss through the wings.”
“Bones in this bird and its relatives show clear evidence of a heat-conserving structure known as a humeral arterial plexus.”
“Even the part where the paper was going along where my humeral head fits into the glenoid fossa — uh, that's a ball and socket joint.”
“The ornament which the bishop is wearing above the chasuble is the rationale, an episcopal humeral, a counterpart of the pallium, and like it worn over the chasuble.”
“Walking immediately before the Priest as he holds the Chalice under the humeral veil, two acolytes take turns incensing the Blessed Sacrament.”
“Then he dons a humeral veil, while the deacon ascends the altar, and brings him the Chalice with the large Host closed inside it.”
“After four months, a new cartilage surface for the humeral head had grown in place, with no complications or adverse effects, the researchers reported.”
“Researchers removed the entire humeral head -- the ball part of ball-and-socket shoulder joints -- from rabbits used as test subjects and then implanted the scaffolds to grow a biological replacement for the missing piece.”
“The Sacrament is carried by the deacon under a humeral veil; two of the acolytes carry candles on either side of the deacon.”
“Immediately before the priest, who holds the chalice under the humeral veil, two acolytes take turns incensing the Blessed Sacrament.”
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