[ sōō′prə-spī-nā′təs ]
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A muscle with origin from the supraspinous fossa of the scapula, with insertion into the humerus, with nerve supply from the suprascapular nerve, and whose action abducts the arm.
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How to use supraspinatus in a sentence
When it contracts, the supraspinatus muscle carries the humerus into the position of extension.
We will examine the supraspinatus muscle in connection with the region of the shoulder.