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Q: anatomy ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: anatomy
Category: Health
Asked by: jimmyk-ga
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Posted: 20 Nov 2002 00:26 PST
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Question ID: 111121
I know that there is a tibia and there is a fibula, but is the tibula
a part of the body or is it an outdated latin term?
Subject: Re: anatomy
Answered By: willie-ga on 20 Nov 2002 01:54 PST
Hello, and thanks for the question

The fibula and tibia are the pair of bones in your lower leg. Many
people get them confused, ( and some people have used the term tibula
to describe lower leg bones in general, while other people use fibia
when they should use fibula.)

This comes from course notes from a medical course.

"Spelling counts! We won't be horrendously picky, and if it's not too
far off there will usually be at least partial credit. In cases where
you put something like "tibula", though, where we can't tell if you
mean "fibula" or "tibia", it would have to be counted wrong. Be
familiar with the correct spellings."

And from another:
"Some names, like the fibula and tibia are so similar that
many students refer to these bones as the fibia or tibula! "
( 5appendskel.html )

Tibia is the correct term, and the one used in anatomy reference
books, but so many people over the years have called it the tibula
that it has "stuck", and has passed into common usage in
"non-technical" speak.

For example, here's one from a site I read myself

"Painful swelling of the damaged muscles and tendons
along the front of the lower leg between the two bones (fibia and
tibula). ... "
( )

Hope that is what you were after, but please ask if you need any


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