- a bone of the pectoral arch.
- (in humans) either of two slender bones, each articulating with the sternum and a scapula and forming the anterior part of a shoulder; collarbone.
Origin of clavicle
- either of the two bones connecting the shoulder blades with the upper part of the breastboneNontechnical name: collarbone
- the corresponding structure in other vertebrates
Word Origin for clavicle
Word Origin and History for subclavicular
"collarbone," 1610s, from Middle French clavicule "collarbone" (16c.), also "small key," from Medieval Latin clavicula "collarbone" (used c.980 in a translation of Avicenna), special use of classical Latin clavicula, literally "small key, bolt," diminutive of clavis "key" (see slot (n.2)); in the anatomical sense a loan-translation of Greek kleis "key, collarbone." So called supposedly from its function as the "fastener" of the shoulder. Related: Clavicular.
- Either of two slender bones that extend from the manubrium of the sternum to the acromion of the scapula.collarbone
- Either of two slender bones that extend from the upper part of the sternum (breastbone) to the shoulder. Also called collarbone