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clavicle

[ klav-i-kuhl ]
/ ˈklæv ɪ kəl /
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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.
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Origin of clavicle

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

OTHER WORDS FROM clavicle

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
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British Dictionary definitions for clavicle

clavicle
/ (ˈklævɪkəl) /

noun
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 of clavicle

clavicular (kləˈvɪkjʊlə), adjectiveclaviculate (kləˈvɪkjʊˌleɪt), adjective

Word Origin for clavicle

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

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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