Definition of Pectoral girdle

1. Noun. A skeletal support to which the forelimbs of vertebrates are attached.

Generic synonyms: Girdle
Terms within: Pectoral Arch, Shoulder Girdle
Group relationships: Appendicular Skeleton

Definition of Pectoral girdle

1. Noun. (anatomy) The bony or cartilaginous assembly that supports the forelimbs in vertebrates ¹

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Medical Definition of Pectoral girdle

1. shoulder girdle

Lexicographical Neighbors of Pectoral Girdle

pectoral and abdominal anterior cutaneous branch of intercostal nerves
pectoral arch
pectoral branch of thoracoacromial artery
pectoral fascia
pectoral fin
pectoral fins
pectoral girdle (current term)
pectoral girdles
pectoral glands
pectoral group of axillary lymph nodes
pectoral medallion
pectoral muscle
pectoral muscles
pectoral reflex
pectoral region
pectoral ridge
pectoral sandpiper
pectoral vein
pectoral veins

Literary usage of Pectoral girdle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"The pectoral girdle.—This girdle only becomes connected (except in Chelonians) with the ventral part of the appendicular skeleton,—to wit, where it abuts ..."

2. Report of the Annual Meeting (1887)
"also derives the pectoral girdle from a branchial arch, and, according to ... The attachment of the pectoral girdle to the skull recalls the connection of ..."

3. The Alligator and Its Allies by Albert Moore Reese (1915)
"There is no clavicle nor other coracoid elements. FIG. 27. pectoral girdle AND ANTERIOR LIMB. c. coracoid; ce, centrale; cl, claw; ..."

4. Text-book of Paleontology by Karl Alfred von Zittel (1902)
"The so-called pelvic girdle of the hinder extremity is considerably simpler than the pectoral girdle. Among the Selachii it appears as a paired or un- ..."

5. Catalogue of the Fossil Reptilia and Amphibia in the British Museum (Natural by Richard Lydekker (1888)
"Left lateral aspect of the cartilage-bones of the pectoral girdle. r- s, ... No sternum, pectoral girdle or pectoral limb, and only occasionally traces of ..."

6. A Treatise on Comparative Embryology by Francis Maitland Balfour (1885)
"In the case of the pectoral girdle secondary membrane bones become added to the ... The dorsal or scapular section of the pectoral girdle remains free ..."

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