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a combining form representing scapula in compound words: scapulohumeral.

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Also especially before a vowel, scapul-.
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What does scapulo- mean?

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

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

What are variants of scapulo-?

When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, scapulo- becomes scapul-, as in scapulalgia.

Examples of scapulo-

One example of a medical term that features the combining form scapulo- is scapulopexy, “surgical fixation of the scapula to the chest wall or to the spinous process of the vertebrae.” In other words, it is a kind of surgery for the scapula.

The form scapulo- represents scapula, as we know. The second part of the word, -pexy, refers to “fixation,” from the Greek pêxis. Scapulopexy literally translates to “scapula fixation.”

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What are some other forms that scapulo- may be commonly confused with?

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The word humeral refers to the humerus, the bone that connects the shoulder to the elbow. What two bones does a scapulohumeral condition affect?  

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Medical definitions for scapulo-

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Shoulder:scapulopexy.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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