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coracoid

[kawr-uh-koid, kor-]Anatomy, Zoology
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adjective
  1. pertaining to the bone that in reptiles, birds, and monotremes articulates with the scapula and the sternum and that in humans and other higher mammals is a reduced bony process of the scapula having no connection with the sternum.
noun
  1. a coracoid bone or process.

Origin of coracoid

1700–10; < New Latin coracoīdēs < Greek korakoeidḗs ravenlike, hooked like a raven's beak, equivalent to korak- (stem of kórax) raven + -oeidēs -oid
Related formsin·ter·cor·a·coid, adjectivepre·cor·a·coid, adjectivesub·cor·a·coid, adjective
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coracoid

noun
  1. a paired ventral bone of the pectoral girdle in vertebrates. In mammals it is reduced to a peg (the coracoid process) on the scapula

Word Origin

C18: from New Latin coracoīdēs, from Greek korakoeidēs like a raven, curved like a raven's beak, from korax raven
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coracoid in Medicine

coracoid

(kôrə-koid′)
n.
  1. A bony process projecting from the scapula toward the sternum in mammals.
  2. A beak-shaped bone articulating with the scapula and sternum in most nonmammalia vertebrates, such as birds and reptiles.
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or resembling a coracoid.
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