Bone, shin
The larger of the two bones in the lower leg (the smaller one being the fibula). The shin bone is anatomically known as the tibia. "Tibia" is a Latin word meaning both shin bone and flute. It is thought that "tibia" refers to both the bone and the musical instrument because flutes were once fashioned from the tibia (of animals). Incidentally, "fibula" is also from the Latin and means a clasp or brooch. The fibula was likened by the ancients to a clasp attaching it to the tibia to form a brooch.

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  • Shin splints — or medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) refers to pain along or just behind the shins with sports that apply extreme pressure to the legs, such as gymnastics. Ten to fifteen percent of running injuries are shin splints. Contents 1 Causes 2… …   Wikipedia

  • Shin bone — Shin Shin, n. [OE. shine, schine, AS. scina; akin to D. scheen, OHG. scina, G. schiene, schienbein, Dan. skinnebeen, Sw. skenben. Cf. {Chine}.] 1. The front part of the leg below the knee; the front edge of the shin bone; the lower part of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shin — Shin, n. [OE. shine, schine, AS. scina; akin to D. scheen, OHG. scina, G. schiene, schienbein, Dan. skinnebeen, Sw. skenben. Cf. {Chine}.] 1. The front part of the leg below the knee; the front edge of the shin bone; the lower part of the leg;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shin leaf — Shin Shin, n. [OE. shine, schine, AS. scina; akin to D. scheen, OHG. scina, G. schiene, schienbein, Dan. skinnebeen, Sw. skenben. Cf. {Chine}.] 1. The front part of the leg below the knee; the front edge of the shin bone; the lower part of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bone — is the substance that forms the skeleton of the body. It is composed chiefly of calcium phosphate and calcium carbonate. It also serves as a storage area for calcium, playing a large role in calcium balance in the blood. The 206 bones in the body …   Medical dictionary

  • shin|bone — «SHIHN BOHN», noun. the inner and thicker of the two bones between the knee and the ankle; tibia …   Useful english dictionary

  • shin — noun VERB + SHIN ▪ kick (sb in/on) ▪ I kicked him hard in the shins to shut him up. ▪ bang, bruise, hit, knock ▪ I banged my shin on a tree stump …   Collocations dictionary

  • bone — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ delicate, fine ▪ the delicate bones of her face ▪ healthy, strong ▪ brittle, fragile …   Collocations dictionary

  • Shin bone fever — Called shin bone fever because it characteristically causes fever and pain in the legs, this disease is also known as trench fever. It is a disease borne by body lice that was first recognized in the trenches of World War I, when it is estimated… …   Medical dictionary

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