- 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
Examples from the Web for clavicle
Victor was found by doctors who examined him last week to have suffered past injuries including a broken arm and clavicle.Florida Child Abuse Scandal: The Victim's New Life
February 24, 2011
And the clavicle alone, Berger says, would have electrified the world of paleoanthropology.2 Million-Year-Old Woman
April 16, 2010
The sterno-mastoid was prominent, also the sternal third of the clavicle.Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900
George Henry Makins
This is met with chiefly in the humerus and in the clavicle.
Vestiges of the precoracoid occur at each end of the clavicle.
The clavicle is well developed, and the radius and ulna are never united.
These simple fractures of the clavicle are of no great consequence.Whispering Tongues
- either of the two bones connecting the shoulder blades with the upper part of the breastboneNontechnical name: collarbone
- the corresponding structure in other vertebrates
Word Origin and History for clavicle
"collarbone," 1610s, from Middle French clavicule "collarbone" (16c.), also "small key," from Medieval Latin clavicula "collarbone" (used c.980 in a translation of Avicenna), special use of classical Latin clavicula, literally "small key, bolt," diminutive of clavis "key" (see slot (n.2)); in the anatomical sense a loan-translation of Greek kleis "key, collarbone." So called supposedly from its function as the "fastener" of the shoulder. Related: Clavicular.
- Either of two slender bones that extend from the manubrium of the sternum to the acromion of the scapula.collarbone
- Either of two slender bones that extend from the upper part of the sternum (breastbone) to the shoulder. Also called collarbone