noun Anatomy, Zoology.
Origin of clavicle
Examples from the Web for clavicular
Hence the clavicular arch may be lost, though the collar bones are retained in man.
Thus the clavicular arch is placed in front of the scapular arch.
The clavicular and abdominal air cells are perhaps the most interesting.
The sterno-cleido mastoid, whose inferior attachments we mentioned above, cannot have a clavicular portion.Artistic Anatomy of Animals|douard Cuyer
The clavicular portion of the pectoralis major must then be divided right across its fibres, which will retract.A Manual of the Operations of Surgery|Joseph Bell
British Dictionary definitions for clavicular
Word Origin for clavicle
Word Origin and History for clavicular
"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.