Where did the humerus bone get it's name?

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Where did the humerus bone get it's name?

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Where did the humerus bone get it's name?

Post by Archived Reply » Tue May 11, 2004 8:25 am

Elemental, friend Sean! It is connected to the funny bone. What sort of physiology are they teaching in schools these days?

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Where did the humerus bone get it's name?

Post by Archived Reply » Tue May 11, 2004 8:39 am

Surely the physiology must be elementary, my dear Thorvaldson.
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Where did the humerus bone get it's name?

Post by Archived Reply » Tue May 11, 2004 8:53 am

Suffixes, suffixes! I don't need no steenking suffixes! *G* Besides, it is elemental!

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Where did the humerus bone get it's name?

Post by Archived Reply » Tue May 11, 2004 9:08 am

Personally I never found it funny when I knocked my elbow.
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Where did the humerus bone get it's name?

Post by Archived Reply » Tue May 11, 2004 9:22 am

Must be kinda hard to to do things without a funny bone. Does that mean you have no sense of the humerus, Mel?

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Post by Archived Reply » Tue May 11, 2004 9:37 am

HUMERUS: The bone of the upper arm, extending from the shoulder-joint to the elbow-joint; the homogenetic bone in other vertebrates. From Latin (more correctly umerus) = shoulder, (rarely) upper arm.]
<1578 “The same bone in Latin is called HUMERUS, which in English is shoulder.”—‘The History of Man’ by Banister, IV. page 51b>

<1706 HUMERUS, the Shoulder; the Shoulder-bone or first Bone of the Arm.”— ‘The New World of English Words’ by Phillips (6th edition, edited by Kersey)>
(Oxford English Dictionary)

Also see funny bone.
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