noun (plural scapulae /-ˌlē/ or scapulas)Anatomy
Technical term for shoulder blade.
- A plate of bone extending from the medial margin of the scapula to the vertebral column has been reported (Ingersoll).
- The fourth step is to emphasize the retractor muscles of the scapula and to correct any forward-head posture.
- The humerus articulates with the scapula (shoulder blade) at the shoulder, and with the radius and the ulna at the elbow.
Late 16th century: from late Latin, singular of Latin scapulae 'shoulder blades'.
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