adjective Anatomy.

shallow or slightly cupped, as the articular cavities of the scapula and the temporal bone.
pertaining to such a cavity.

Origin of glenoid

1700–10; < Greek glēnoeid(ḗs), equivalent to glḗn(ē) pupil, eyeball + -oeidēs -oid
Related formssub·gle·noid, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for glenoid

Historical Examples of glenoid

  • 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

resembling or having a shallow cavity
denoting the cavity in the shoulder blade into which the head of the upper arm bone fits

Word Origin for glenoid

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


[glēnoid′, glĕnoid′]


Relating to the articular depression of the scapula entering into the formation of the shoulder joint.
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