[ sōō′prə-spī-nā′təs ]
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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Example sentences from the Web for supraspinatus
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.