Definitions for forelimbˈfɔrˌlɪm, ˈfoʊr-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. forelimb(noun)

    the front limb (or the homologous structure in other animals, such as a flipper or wing)


  1. forelimb(Noun)

    The anterior limb (or equivalent appendage) of an animal


  1. Forelimb

    A forelimb is an anterior limb on a terrestrial vertebrate's body. For quadrupeds, the term foreleg is often used instead. All vertebrate forelimbs are homologous, meaning that they all evolved from the same structures. So for example the flipper of a turtle or of a dolphin, the arm of a human, the foreleg of a horse, and the wings of both bats and birds are ultimately homologous, despite the large differences between them.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Forelimb

    A front limb of a quadruped. (The Random House College Dictionary, 1980)

Translations for forelimb

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • eturaajaFinnish
  • membre crânial, membre antérieur, membre thoraciqueFrench
  • передняя конечностьRussian

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