[ klav-i-kuh l ]
/ ˈklæv ɪ kəl /
noun Anatomy, Zoology.
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.
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Origin of clavicle
1605–15; < Medieval Latin clāvicula collarbone, Latin: tendril, door-bolt, little key, equivalent to clāvi(s) key + -cula -cule1
OTHER WORDS FROM claviclecla·vic·u·lar [kluh-vik-yuh-ler] /kləˈvɪk yə lər/, adjectivecla·vic·u·late [kluh-vik-yuh-leyt] /kləˈvɪk yəˌleɪt/, adjectivesub·cla·vic·u·lar, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for subclavicular
/ (ˈklævɪkəl) /
either of the two bones connecting the shoulder blades with the upper part of the breastboneNontechnical name: collarbone
the corresponding structure in other vertebrates
Derived forms of clavicleclavicular (kləˈvɪkjʊlə), adjectiveclaviculate (kləˈvɪkjʊˌleɪt), adjective
Word Origin for clavicle
C17: from Medieval Latin clāvicula, from Latin clāvis key
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Medical definitions for subclavicular
[ klăv′ĭ-kəl ]
Either of two slender bones that extend from the manubrium of the sternum to the acromion of the scapula.collarbone
Other words from claviclecla•vic′u•lar (klə-vĭk′yə-lər) adj.cla•vic′u•late′ (-lāt′) adj.
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Scientific definitions for subclavicular
[ klăv′ĭ-kəl ]
Either of two slender bones that extend from the upper part of the sternum (breastbone) to the shoulder. Also called collarbone
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