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[kol-er-bohn] /ˈkɒl ərˌboʊn/
the clavicle.
Origin of collarbone
First recorded in 1605-15; collar + bone Unabridged
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  • The bullet entered just above his knee, smashed the collarbone, where it came out, and then clipped off an ear.

  • There was a thin, high-pitched scream as a collarbone broke.

    Police Your Planet Lester del Rey
  • The ball, after breaking his collarbone, had glanced downwards, and the wound was a more serious one than he had imagined.

    A Final Reckoning G. A. Henty
  • My nose was pointed into the top of her head, and her face was right at my collarbone.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • The collarbone being set and ribs bandaged, he passed a miserable night.

    Ladies on Horseback Nannie Lambert
  • I hope it won't be anything worse than a leg, or your collarbone, or five teeth knocked out.

British Dictionary definitions for collarbone


the nontechnical name for clavicle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for collarbone

c.1500, from collar (n.) + bone (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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collarbone in Medicine

collarbone col·lar·bone (kŏl'ər-bōn')
See clavicle.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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collarbone in Science
See clavicle.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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