pectoral girdle

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(in vertebrates) a bony or cartilaginous arch supporting the forelimbs.
Also called shoulder girdle. (in humans) the bony arch formed by the clavicles, or collarbones, and scapulas, or shoulder blades.
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Also called pectoral arch .

Origin of pectoral girdle

First recorded in 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for pectoral girdle

pectoral girdle

pectoral arch

a skeletal support to which the front or upper limbs of a vertebrate are attached
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Medical definitions for pectoral girdle

pectoral girdle

A bony or cartilaginous structure in vertebrates, attached to and supporting the forelimbs.pectoral arch
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