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[skey-lee-nuh s] /skeɪˈli nəs/
noun, plural scaleni
[skey-lee-nahy] /skeɪˈli naɪ/ (Show IPA).
any of three muscles on each side of the neck, the action of which raises the first and second ribs in respiration and assists in bending the neck to one side.
Origin of scalenus
1695-1705; < New Latin, Late Latin. See scalene Unabridged
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/skəˈliːnəs; skeɪ-/
noun (pl) -ni (-naɪ)
(anatomy) any one of the three muscles situated on each side of the neck extending from the cervical vertebrae to the first or second pair of ribs
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin; see scalene
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