[ kawr-uh-koid, kor- ]
/ ˈkɔr əˌkɔɪd, ˈkɒr- /
Anatomy, Zoology


pertaining to the bone that in reptiles, birds, and monotremes articulates with the scapula and the sternum and that in humans and other higher mammals is a reduced bony process of the scapula having no connection with the sternum.


a coracoid bone or process.

Nearby words

  1. coracoacromial ligament,
  2. coracobrachial muscle,
  3. coracoclavicular,
  4. coracoclavicular ligament,
  5. coracohumeral,
  6. coracoid process,
  7. coraji,
  8. coral,
  9. coral bells,
  10. coral calculus

Origin of coracoid

1700–10; < New Latin coracoīdēs < Greek korakoeidḗs ravenlike, hooked like a raven's beak, equivalent to korak- (stem of kórax) raven + -oeidēs -oid

Related formsin·ter·cor·a·coid, adjectivepre·cor·a·coid, adjectivesub·cor·a·coid, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for coracoid


/ (ˈkɒrəˌkɔɪd) /


a paired ventral bone of the pectoral girdle in vertebrates. In mammals it is reduced to a peg (the coracoid process) on the scapula

Word Origin for coracoid

C18: from New Latin coracoīdēs, from Greek korakoeidēs like a raven, curved like a raven's beak, from korax raven

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Medicine definitions for coracoid


[ kôrə-koid′ ]


A bony process projecting from the scapula toward the sternum in mammals.
A beak-shaped bone articulating with the scapula and sternum in most nonmammalia vertebrates, such as birds and reptiles.


Of, relating to, or resembling a coracoid.

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