- Anatomy. either of two flat, triangular bones, each forming the back part of a shoulder in humans; shoulder blade.
- Zoology. a dorsal bone of the pectoral girdle.
Origin of scapula
Examples from the Web for scapula
The scapula and humerus are like those of semijunctus in form.The Beaked Whales of the Family Ziphidae
Therefore the corresponding element in Dipnoi must be the scapula.A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)
David Starr Jordan
The dorsal bone is the ilium and corresponds to the scapula.
The furcula is large, and the scapula has a well developed acromion.
In the Chelonia the scapula and precoracoid are ossified continuously.
- either of two large flat triangular bones, one on each side of the back part of the shoulder in manNontechnical name: shoulder blade
- the corresponding bone in most vertebrates
Word Origin and History for scapula
"shoulder blade," 1570s, Modern Latin, from Late Latin scapula "shoulder," from Latin scapulae (plural) "shoulders, shoulder blades," perhaps originally "spades, shovels," on notion of similar shape, but animal shoulder blades might have been used as scraping tools in primitive times, from PIE *skap-, variant of *skep- "to cut, scrape" (see scabies).
- Either of two large, flat, triangular bones forming the back part of the shoulder.shoulder blade
- Either of two flat, triangular bones forming part of the shoulder. In humans and other primates, the scapulae lie on the upper part of the back on either side of the spine. Also called shoulder blade See more at skeleton.