Definition of clavicle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈklavək(ə)l/


Technical term for collarbone.
Example sentences
  • The shoulder girdle is formed by the scapulae (shoulder blades) and clavicles (collar bones).
  • When all support is disrupted or detached, the distal clavicle loses all ligamentous connection, allowing it to rise superiorly.
  • The clavicle and scapula together form the shoulder girdle.



Pronunciation: /kləˈvikyələr/
Example sentences
  • In 100 cases, the dorsal scapular artery arose from the following clavicular regions.
  • No distal clavicular resections or subacromial decompressions were performed during the same procedure.
  • Supernumerary clavicular muscles are numerous but uncommon.


Early 17th century: from Latin clavicula 'small key', diminutive of clavis (because of its shape).

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Syllabification: clav·i·cle

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