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clavicle

[klav-i-kuh l]
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noun Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. a bone of the pectoral arch.
  2. (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
Related formscla·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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Examples from the Web for clavicular

Historical Examples

  • The following is a striking example of the evil of clavicular breathing.

    The Mechanism of the Human Voice

    Emil Behnke

  • The clavicular and abdominal air cells are perhaps the most interesting.

    Dragons of the Air

    H. G. Seeley

  • Thus the clavicular arch is placed in front of the scapular arch.

    Dragons of the Air

    H. G. Seeley

  • The sterno-cleido mastoid, whose inferior attachments we mentioned above, cannot have a clavicular portion.

  • Hence the clavicular arch may be lost, though the collar bones are retained in man.

    Dragons of the Air

    H. G. Seeley


British Dictionary definitions for clavicular

clavicle

noun
  1. either of the two bones connecting the shoulder blades with the upper part of the breastboneNontechnical name: collarbone
  2. the corresponding structure in other vertebrates
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Derived Formsclavicular (kləˈvɪkjʊlə), adjectiveclaviculate (kləˈvɪkjʊˌleɪt), adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin clāvicula, from Latin clāvis key
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Word Origin and History for clavicular

clavicle

n.

"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.

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clavicular in Medicine

clavicle

(klăvĭ-kəl)
n.
  1. Either of two slender bones that extend from the manubrium of the sternum to the acromion of the scapula.collarbone
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Related formscla•vicu•lar (klə-vĭkyə-lər) adj.cla•vicu•late′ (-lāt′) adj.
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clavicular in Science

clavicle

[klăvĭ-kəl]
  1. 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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