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Hind limb

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noun, plural: hind limbs

The back limb, or the posterior extremity of an animal.


The hind limb consists of the femur, tibia, fibula, tarsals, metatarsals and toes.

When referring to the back legs of four-legged animals the term hind leg is used more often than hind limb.

Variant: hindlimb

Compare: forelimb