Trochanters- are femoral tuberosities. It is a special kind of tuberosity that is located only in the femur. The trochanters are posteriorly separated by theĀ  intertrochanteric crest and anteriorly separated by the intertrochanteric line.

The Greater trochanter is located superior to the neck while the Lesser trochanter is located inferior to the neck.

Edit: Tuberosities are large, round projections which may be roughened.

Tro*chan"ter (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. .]

1. Anat.

One of two processes near the head of the femur, the outer being called the great trochanter, and the inner the small trochanter.

2. Zool.

The third joint of the leg of an insect, or the second when the trochantine is united with the coxa.


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