Definition of Clavicle

1. Noun. Bone linking the scapula and sternum.

Exact synonyms: Collarbone
Generic synonyms: Bone, Os
Terms within: Arteria Subclavia, Subclavian Artery
Group relationships: Endoskeleton

Definition of Clavicle

1. n. The collar bone, which is joined at one end to the scapula, or shoulder blade, and at the other to the sternum, or breastbone. In man each clavicle is shaped like the letter &?;, and is situated just above the first rib on either side of the neck. In birds the two clavicles are united ventrally, forming the merrythought, or wishbone.

Definition of Clavicle

1. Noun. The prominent bone between the shoulder and the neck. ¹

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Definition of Clavicle

1. a bone of the shoulder [n -S]

Medical Definition of Clavicle

1. Also called the collar bone, it articulates with the shoulder on one end (at the acromion process of the scapula) and the sternum (breast bone) on the other. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Clavicle

clavicle (current term)
clavicle strap
clavicular branch of thoracoacromial artery
clavicular facet
clavicular notch of sternum
clavicular part of pectoralis major muscle
clavicular percussion

Literary usage of Clavicle

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1. A Treatise on dislocations and fractures of the joints by Astley Cooper, Bransby Blake Cooper (1851)
"As the clavicle is the only medium by which the arm is connected with the ... A capsular ligament proceeds from the end of the clavicle to the edge of the ..."

2. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray, Luther Holden (1878)
"Fracture of the middle afilie clavicle (Fig. 277) is always attended with considerable displacement, the outer fragment being drawn downwards, forwards, ..."

3. Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1897)
"The shoulder girdle is formed by the scapula and clavicle, and is imperfect in front and behind. In front, however, the girdle is completed by the upper end ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1842)
"Cases of Dislocation of the clavicle backwards behind the Sternum. ... The internal extremity of the clavicle was half concealed behind the sternum, ..."

5. Anatomy, Descriptive and Applied by Henry Gray (1913)
"The sternal extremity of the clavicle is triangular in form, ... The clavicle consists of cancellous tissue, enveloped by a compact layer, which is much ..."

6. Arboreal Man by Frederic Wood Jones (1916)
"CHAPTER V THE clavicle ONE other skeletal element of the fore-limb needs brief mention, and this is the collar-bone, or clavicle, which is so well developed ..."

7. Anatomy of the Cat by Jacob Ellsworth Reighard, Herbert Spencer Jennings (1901)
"The clavicle in the cat is greatly reduced. It is a slender curved rod a of bone ... clavicle, shoulder and connected by fibrous tissue to n, medial end; 6, ..."

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