Humerus (the funny bone) – the etymology

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The humerus (ME from Latin humerus, umerus upper arm, shoulder; Gothic ams shoulder, Greek ?mos) is a long bone in the arm or forelimb that runs from the shoulder to the elbow. Anatomically, it connects the scapula and the ulna, and consists of the following three sections:

The Ulnar Nerve

The ulnar nerve at the distal end of the humerus near the elbow is sometimes referred to in popular culture as ‘the funny bone’. Striking this nerve can cause a tingling sensation (“funny” feeling), and sometimes a significant amount of pain.

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