from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being platycnemic; breadth and flatness of the tibia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Anat.) Lateral flattening of the tibia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun anatomy Lateral flattening of the tibia.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word platycnemism.


  • Immediately beneath the skull lay the greater part of a human tibia, presenting the peculiar compression known as a platycnemism to the degree of affording a latitudinal index of .512; while beneath and surrounding it lay the fragments of a large number of human bones, probably constituting an entire individual.

    An Introduction to the mortuary customs of the North American Indians


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.