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one of the paired limbs of an animal used for support of the body and for locomotion. Properly, the human leg is that portion of the extremity between the foot and the thigh. This section of the human leg contains two long bones, the tibia and the fibula. The upper end of the tibia joins with the lower end of the thighbone (femur) and forms a hinged joint. The kneecap (patella), a flat triangular-shaped bone, surrounds and protects this joint. The lower end of both tibia and fibula join with the talus, a bone in the foot, to form the ankle joint. The upper end of the femur, which is the longest bone in the body, forms a ball and socket joint where it meets the hipbone. In quadrupeds, both the hind and fore limbs are referred to as legs.
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an organ of support and locomotion in animals and man (seeMOVEMENT, LOCOMOTION). In mollusks, the analagous organ of locomotion is called the foot, which occurs as an unpaired muscular outgrowth of the ventral wall of the body. The foot is often supplied with a flat, creeping basal plate and contains glands that secrete mucus or byssal threads (seeBYSSUS). The development and structure of the foot depend on the mollusk’s mode of life. For example, in swimming pteropods the foot is in the form of two fins, which are shaped like oars. In sessile and parasitic mollusks the foot is reduced to various degrees, depending on the species. In cephalopods it has been converted to a funnel and a crown of tentacles.

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What does it mean when you dream about a leg?

To “get a leg up” on issues and conditions may symbolize that the dreamer has regained the confidence to stand up and take control again. Legs also signify movement, especially running.

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The lower extremity of a human limb, between the knee and the ankle.
(computer science)
The sequence of instructions that is followed in a computer routine from one branch point to the next.
Anything that functionally or structurally resembles an animal leg.
One of the branches of a forked or jointed object.
One of the main upright members of a drill derrick or tripod.
A single cycle of more or less periodic motion in a wave train on a seismogram.
Either side adjacent to the right angle of a right triangle.
(mechanical engineering)
The case that encloses the vertical part of the belt carrying the buckets within a grain elevator.
In a fillet weld, the distance between the root and the toe.
(mining engineering)
In mine timbering, a prop or upright member of a set or frame.
A stone that has to be wedged out from beneath a larger one.
One part of a craft's track, consisting of a single course line.
A track identified by an aid to navigation.
An appendage or limb used for support and locomotion.
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i. The strut of a landing gear.
ii. One segment or part of an entire flight or trip by air.
iii. A beam of a radio-range station identified by a particular flight as an inbound leg or an outbound leg.
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a. either of the two lower limbs, including the bones and fleshy covering of the femur, tibia, fibula, and patella
b. (as modifier): leg guard
2. any similar or analogous structure in animals that is used for locomotion or support
3. something similar to a leg in appearance or function, such as one of the four supporting members of a chair
4. either the opposite or adjacent side of a right-angled triangle
5. Nautical
a. the distance travelled without tacking
b. (in yacht racing) the course between any two marks
6. Cricket
a. the side of the field to the left of a right-handed batsman as he faces the bowler
b. (as modifier): a leg slip
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In addition, lower (P<0.05) 24-h drip loss of leg muscle was found in both the CG and UG2 groups.
Relationship between H-FABP gene polymorphism and IMF of leg muscle Breed AA AB BBOC 13.199 [+ or -] 1.060 11.451 [+ or -] 0.649 SBOC 9.369 [+ or -] 0.995 8.408 [+ or -] 1.061 WBOC 11.
(2005) Skeletal muscle size and strength are increased following walk training with restricted leg muscle blood flow: implications for training duration and frequency.
Physiological characteristics of leg muscle statistically accounted for less of the variation in exponential growth rate in a stepwise regression ([r.sup.2] = 0.51) than in the case of pectoral muscle.
He's had ultrasound treatment on the leg muscle and the coach and all the staff are hoping he can play against Slovenia."
The researchers then removed a tissue sample from a leg muscle in each volunteer and grew the cells for several weeks in the lab.
Testa, "Unipodal Performance and Leg Muscle Mass in Jumping Skills Among Ballet Dancers." Perceptual and Motor Skills 98(2):415-418, 2004.
The investigators enrolled 17 patients with chronic heart failure in a program of low-level leg calisthenics that improved leg muscle strength and endurance (indicating improved oxidative capacity in the peripheral muscle) but didn't affect pulmonary function.
Washington, Nov 1 (ANI): Leg muscle dysfunction is closely related to the severity of symptoms in heart failure patients, a new study has said.
I tripped running and sprained my ankle, in addition to pulling a calf and upper leg muscle too.
The test, taken every three or four years, would measure balance, leg muscle and grip strength, vision and hearing.
Inspirational utility back Thomas Castaignede withdrew yesterday with a strained leg muscle, joining Christophe Dominici, Thomas Lombard and Sebastien Chabel on the injury list.