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variant of scapulo- before a vowel: scapulalgia.



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What does scapul- mean?

Scapul- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning scapula, the technical name for the shoulder blade. It is used in some medical terms, especially in anatomy.

Scapul- comes from the Latin scapula, meaning “shoulder.”

Scapul- is a variant of scapulo-, which loses its -o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.

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Examples of scapul-

An example of a medical term that features the combining form scapul- is scapulectomy, “surgical removal of the scapula.”

The form scapul- represents scapula, as we know. You may have encountered the combining form -ectomy before as well: it means “excision” or “removal.” Scapulectomy literally translates to “scapula removal.”

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Example sentences from the Web for scapul-

  • The sternum, with the clavicles and scapul, is perhaps the most curiously modified part of the skeleton of birds.

    Reptiles and Birds|Louis Figuier
  • The shape is now given to the scapul on both sides, and all the muscles of the shoulders imitated.

  • The only one that I have been enabled to seize is, that their scapul and parapleur are parallel and placed obliquely.