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see legleg,
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.
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in arthropods, a segment of the leg that is movably joined to the femur (in insects) or the patella (in arachnids) and bears the tarsus on its end. usually segmented.

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The larger of the two leg bones, articulating with the femur, fibula, and talus.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


1. the inner and thicker of the two bones of the human leg between the knee and ankle
2. the corresponding bone in other vertebrates
3. the fourth segment of an insect's leg, lying between the femur and the tarsus
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
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La clasificacion de Jones ha dispuesto la hemimelia de la tibia en cuatro tipos, segun los hallazgos radiologicos (figura 6): 1) tipo IA, en que hay ausencia completa de la tibia y el nucleo de osificacion del femur distal es pequeno o ausente; 2) tipo Ib, en que la porcion cartilaginosa de la tibia esta presente en nacimiento, pero no esta osificada (puede verse por ecografia o resonancia magnetica).
Anteroposterior and lateral views of both tibias. Radiographs show scalloped osteolytic bone lesions in the intramedullary canals of both tibial diaphyses.
Mean number of NF in femur was 1.23[+ or -]0.7 (min: 0, max: 3), in tibia was 1.03[+ or -]0.23 (min: 0, max: 2), and in fibula was 0.82[+ or -]0.46 (min: 0, max: 2).
Table III.- Effect of phytase supplementation on calcium and phosphorus concentrations in blood serum and tibia bones
During surgery, two proximal screws from tibia nail were taken out using a fluoroscope.
Caption: Dogs'knees are usually flexed; their cruciate ligaments are under tension when the dog is standing, holding the femur in place on the angled tibia. In contrast, our cruciate ligaments are in their least-stretched position when we are standing, as our femurs rest relatively securely on our tibias when we stand.
The researchers observed levels of SDF-1 decreasing six hours after stroke, but only in the skull marrow, and not in the tibia. The results suggest that the decrease in levels of SDF-1 may be a response to local tissue damage and alert and mobilize only the bone marrow that is closest to the site of inflammation.
Your veterinarian will grasp your dog's femur just above the stifle joint with one hand and the tibia with the other and gently wiggle one hand back and forth.