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Femoral head

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The ball-shaped top of the femur (thigh bone) that fits into the hip socket, creating a ball-and-socket joint.

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Femoral nerve block

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A technique used to block the sensation in the femoral nerve as a means of controlling pain during and after surgery.

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Femur

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The main bone in the thigh that extends from the hip to the knee. The femur is the strongest bone in the human body.

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Fibula

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The narrower of the two bones in the leg below the knee.

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Flexion

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Bending a joint, such as a hip or knee joint, in a motion that decreases the angle between the two parts. The opposite is extension, which increases the angle. For joints that move both forward and backward, flexion describes the forward (i.e. anterior) motion.

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Fragmin

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A commonly used anticoagulant, a drug used to reduce the risk of blood clotting.

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Fusion

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Joining of two bones into a single unit, removing motion between the two. See arthrodesis.

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