Definition of Scapula

1. Noun. Either of two flat triangular bones one on each side of the shoulder in human beings.

Exact synonyms: Shoulder Blade, Shoulder Bone
Generic synonyms: Bone, Os
Terms within: Glenoid Cavity, Glenoid Fossa, Acromial Process, Acromion
Group relationships: Articulatio Humeri, Shoulder, Shoulder Joint, Endoskeleton
Derivative terms: Scapular



Definition of Scapula

1. n. The principal bone of the shoulder girdle in mammals; the shoulder blade.

Definition of Scapula

1. Noun. (context: anatomy) Either of the two large, flat, bones forming the back of the shoulder. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Scapula

1. a bone of the shoulder [n -LAE or -LAS]

Medical Definition of Scapula

1. A large, flat, triangular bone that forms the posterior portion of the shoulder. It articulates with the clavicle (at the acromion process) and the humerus (at the glenoid). (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Scapula

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scaphopda
scaphopod
scaphopods
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scapolite
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scapula (current term)
scapula alata
scapulae
scapulalgia
scapulalgias
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scapular notch
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Literary usage of Scapula

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1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"They serve to limit rotation of the scapula, the Trapezoid limiting rotation forward, ... Rotation of the scapula forward and backward upon the clavicle, ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1878)
"The History of Complete Extirpation of the scapula. ... As the lower angle of the scapula was sound for a length of more than three inches, it was separated ..."

3. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1890)
"A CASE OF FRACTURE OF THE BODY OF THE scapula. BY A. HEWSON, MD, ... By fixing the inferior angle of the scapula after separating it from the chest- wall, ..."

4. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1891)
"While examining his back I happened to press over the right scapula, which caused him to flinch; making a more thorough examination of this region by ..."

5. Quain's Elements of Anatomy by Jones Quain, Allen Thomson, George Dancer Thane (1882)
"There are two ligaments which stretch from one part of the scapula to another. ... The capsular ligament is attached to the scapula round the margin of the ..."

6. Anatomy, Descriptive and Applied by Henry Gray (1913)
"The movements of this articulation are of two kinds: (1) a gliding motion of tie articular end of the clavicle on the acromion; (2) rotation of the scapula ..."

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