pectoral girdle


(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.

Nearby words

  1. pectize,
  2. pectolite,
  3. pectoral,
  4. pectoral cross,
  5. pectoral fin,
  6. pectoral muscle,
  7. pectoral nerve,
  8. pectoral sandpiper,
  9. pectoral vein,
  10. pectoralis

Origin of pectoral girdle

First recorded in 1885–90

Also called pectoral arch. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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Medicine 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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