Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several bony processes on the upper part of the femur of many vertebrates.
  • n. The second proximal segment of the leg of an insect.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. In vertebrates with legs, the end of the femur near the hip joint, not including the head or neck.
  • n. In some arthropods, the second segment of the leg, between the coxa and the femur.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of two processes near the head of the femur, the outer being called the great trochanter, and the inner the small trochanter.
  • n. The third joint of the leg of an insect, or the second when the trochantine is united with the coxa.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anatomy and zoology, a tuberosity, protuberance, or apophysis of the upper part of the femur or thigh-bone, for the insertion of various muscles which flex, extend, or rotate the limb.
  • n. In entomology, the second joint of an insect's leg, succeeding the coxa.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one of the bony prominences developed near the upper extremity of the femur to which muscles are attached

Etymologies

New Latin, from Greek trokhantēr, ball of the hip joint, from trekhein, to run.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek τροχαντήρ (trokhantēr) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The bed is a mat made of rushes sewn together with twine; the hip-bone soon becomes sore on the hard flat surface, as we are not allowed to make a hole in the floor to receive the prominent part called trochanter by anatomists, as we do when sleeping on grass or sand.

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  • Everyone knows the greater trochanter is on the lateral edge of the humerus, rather than the medial.

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  • Tainotherium differs from other West Indian species in possessing a large femoral head, a proximally angled femoral neck, a short greater trochanter and a medially positioned lesser trochanter unconnected by an intertrochanteric crest, and a transversely flattened, anteroposteriorly bowed shaft lacking well-defined ridges.

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  • Femur - ora: the thigh: usually the stoutest segment of the leg, articulated to the body through trochanter and coxa and bearing the tibia at its distal end: in Coccidae and quite commonly, the femur and trochanter are considered as one, for measuring purposes.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • Apophysis: the lower of the two joints of trochanter in ditrocha trochanterellus; the dorso-lateral metathoracic spines in

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • Fulcrant: the trochanter when continued along the femur, as in

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • Ditrocha: Hymenoptera; that series having the trochanter two-jointed.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • Monotrocha - ous: Hymenoptera in which the trochanters are single: having legs in which the trochanter is one-jointed.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • Feet: the legs or organs of locomotion; one pair attached to each thoracic segment; composed of coxa, trochanter, femur, tibia and tarsus only; plural of foot; q.v. Female: designated by "O+" the astronomical sign for Venus: that sex in which the ova are developed.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • Varon Dn. Cristobal Colon, 'and in the said box human remains which on examination by the licentiate of equal class Jose de Jesus Brenes are found to be: A femur deteriorated in the upper part of the neck, between the great trochanter and its head.

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  • "In anatomy and zoology, a tuberosity, protuberance, or apophysis of the upper part of the femur or thigh-bone, for the insertion of various muscles which flex, extend, or rotate the limb. There may be one (elephant), two (usually), or three (horse) such processes; in man there are two, called the greater and the lesser trochanter . . . ."

    --CD&C

    January 25, 2013