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adjective Anatomy.
  1. shallow or slightly cupped, as the articular cavities of the scapula and the temporal bone.
  2. pertaining to such a cavity.
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Origin of glenoid

1700–10; < Greek glēnoeid(ḗs), equivalent to glḗn(ē) pupil, eyeball + -oeidēs -oid
Related formssub·gle·noid, adjective
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Examples from the Web for glenoid

Historical Examples

  • The glenoid surface for the articulation of the mandible is very wide.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The skull has been cut vertically in two at the plane of the glenoid fossae.

    American Weasels

    E. Raymond Hall

  • The articular surface, or head of the humerus, smooth and round, is in contact with the glenoid cavity of the scapula.

  • The region occupied by the glenoid cavity is separated from the body of the bone by a constriction—the neck of the scapula.

  • The anterior border (cervical) is strongly convex in the part next the glenoid cavity.

British Dictionary definitions for glenoid


adjective anatomy
  1. resembling or having a shallow cavity
  2. denoting the cavity in the shoulder blade into which the head of the upper arm bone fits
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Word Origin

C18: from Greek glēnoeidēs, from glēnē socket of a joint
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glenoid in Medicine


(glēnoid′, glĕnoid′)
  1. Relating to the articular depression of the scapula entering into the formation of the shoulder joint.
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