(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.
Origin of pectoral girdle
First recorded in 1885–90
Also called pectoral arch.
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British Dictionary definitions for pectoral girdle
a skeletal support to which the front or upper limbs of a vertebrate are attached
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Medicine definitions for pectoral girdle
A bony or cartilaginous structure in vertebrates, attached to and supporting the forelimbs.pectoral arch
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