Word Origin See more synonyms for clavicle on Thesaurus.com 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 1605–15;
Medieval Latin clāvicula
tendril, door-bolt, little key, equivalent to
) key +
-cula -cule 1 Related forms cla·vic·u·lar , [kl uh- vik-y uh-ler] /kləˈvɪk yə lər/ adjective cla·vic·u·late , [kl uh- vik-y uh-leyt] /kləˈvɪk yəˌleɪt/ adjective sub·cla·vic·u·lar, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for subclavicular either of the two bones connecting the shoulder blades with the upper part of the breastbone Nontechnical name: collarbone the corresponding structure in other vertebrates Derived Forms clavicular ( kləˈvɪkjʊlə), adjective claviculate ( kləˈvɪkjʊˌleɪt), adjective Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin
clāvicula, from Latin clāvis key
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Word Origin and History for subclavicular clavicle n.
"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.
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subclavicular in Medicine clavicle (klăv ′ĭ-kəl) Either of two slender bones that extend from the manubrium of the sternum to the acromion of the scapula. collarbone Related forms cla•vic ( ′u•lar klə-vĭk) ′yə-lər adj. cla•vic ( ′u•late′ -lāt′) adj.
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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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