[ klav-i-kuh l ]
/ ˈklæv ɪ kəl /

noun Anatomy, Zoology.

a bone of the pectoral arch.
(in humans) either of two slender bones, each articulating with the sternum and a scapula and forming the anterior part of a shoulder; collarbone.

Origin of clavicle

1605–15; < Medieval Latin clāvicula collarbone, Latin: tendril, door-bolt, little key, equivalent to clāvi(s) key + -cula -cule1

Related forms

cla·vic·u·lar [kluh-vik-yuh-ler] /kləˈvɪk yə lər/, adjectivecla·vic·u·late [kluh-vik-yuh-leyt] /kləˈvɪk yəˌleɪt/, adjectivesub·cla·vic·u·lar, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for clavicle


/ (ˈklævɪkəl) /


either of the two bones connecting the shoulder blades with the upper part of the breastboneNontechnical name: collarbone
the corresponding structure in other vertebrates

Derived Forms

clavicular (kləˈvɪkjʊlə), adjectiveclaviculate (kləˈvɪkjʊˌleɪt), adjective

Word Origin for clavicle

C17: from Medieval Latin clāvicula, from Latin clāvis key
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Medicine definitions for clavicle


[ klăvĭ-kəl ]


Either of two slender bones that extend from the manubrium of the sternum to the acromion of the scapula.collarbone

Related forms

cla•vicu•lar (klə-vĭkyə-lər) adj.cla•vicu•late′ (-lāt′) adj.
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Science definitions for clavicle


[ klăvĭ-kəl ]

Either of two slender bones that extend from the upper part of the sternum (breastbone) to the shoulder. Also called collarbone

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