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
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)