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clavicle

Syllabification: clav·i·cle
Pronunciation: /ˈklavək(ə)l
 
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Definition of clavicle in English:

noun

Anatomy
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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

clavicular

1
Pronunciation: /klaˈvikyələr, klə-/
adjective
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.

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