• WordNet 3.6
    • n clavicle bone linking the scapula and sternum
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Clavicle (Anat) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n clavicle The collar-bone, forming one of the elements of the pectoral arch in vertebrate animals. In man and sundry quadrupeds there are complete clavicles or collar-bones, each joined at one end to the scapula or shoulder-bone, and at the other to the sternum or breast-bone. In many quadrupeds the clavicles are absent or rudimentary, while in birds they are united in a single forked piece, popularly called the merrythought or wishbone. In many vertebrates below birds clavicles are recognized, but their homology is not always clear. The human clavicle is by some considered to be composed of its body, or clavicle proper, with a mesoscapular segment or acromial epiphysis, a precoracoid or sternal epiphysis, and an omosternum, or interarticular fibrocartilage; but this view is not generally adopted. See also cut under skeleton.
    • n clavicle In botany, a tendril.
    • n clavicle The columella of a univalve shell.
    • n clavicle In ichthyology, usually the largest bone of the shoulder-girdle. The supraclavicle, when present, is attached to its upper end, and the coracoid elements are attached to its posterior surface. It borders the gill-opening behind.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Clavicle klav′i-kl an important part of the pectoral girdle of vertebrates, best known in the collar-bone of man and in the merry-thought of birds—also Clavic′ula
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. clavicule, fr. L. clavicula, a little key, tendril, dim. of clavis, key, akin to claudere, to shut. See Close, and cf. Clef
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. clavicule—L. clavicula, dim. of clavis, a key.


In literature:

The left clavicle is present in scattered fragments, its dorsal hooklike end being intact.
"A New Order of Fishlike Amphibia From the Pennsylvanian of Kansas" by Theodore H. Eaton
The clavicle is often absent, and when present never complete.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various
There are no clavicles.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 7" by Various
ARM, the upper limb in man, connected with the thorax or chest by means of the scapula or shoulder-blade, and the clavicle or collar-bone.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
In birds of various groups the clavicles are more or less degenerated, the reduction beginning at the distal end.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
Clavicles also may be absent in some orders of mammals.
"Dragons of the Air" by H. G. Seeley
In the same cavern there was found a clavicle belonging to a young person who must have been of great stature.
"A Manual of the Antiquity of Man" by J. P. MacLean
Unfastening the boy's collar and the neckband of his shirt, Mr. Herbert satisfied himself that the clavicle was uninjured.
"The Revellers" by Louis Tracy
The major difference, of course, is the lack of clavicle and cleithrum in the salamander.
"The Ancestry of Modern Amphibia: A Review of the Evidence" by Theodore H. Eaton
The left shoulder, on the contrary, was smaller and sunken in, as if the clavicle had been displaced.
"Secret History of the Court of England, from the Accession of George the Third to the Death of George the Fourth, Volume II (of 2)" by Lady Anne Hamilton
The coracoids are robust, and the clavicles are strongly arched.
"A Synopsis of Neotropical Hylid Frogs, Genus Osteocephalus" by Linda Trueb
His left clavicle and scapula were fractured, and the three lower ribs on the right side broken.
"Natural History in Anecdote" by Various
The shape of the anterior extremity of the sternum is influenced by the presence or absence of clavicles.
"Artistic Anatomy of Animals" by Édouard Cuyer
Pain in left side above and along clavicle.
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various
As in all other ungulates, there are no clavicles.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 6" by Various
It will be noticed, however, that in this and similar cases there are no clavicles.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
There are no clavicles.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 2" by Various
In footling cases the pubes, ribs, and clavicles, are the best.
"Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times" by John Stewart Milne
In the SEVENTH WEEK, bone begins to form in the lower jaw and clavicle.
"Private Sex Advice to Women" by R. B. Armitage
The menisci are only found in the Primates, but it must be borne in mind that many Mammals have no clavicle, or a very rudimentary one.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 5" by Various

In news:

When she returned Bogey 's nearly lifeless body lay on the ground, his ribs broken, clavicle fractured and his spine nearly severed.
Denard Span's claustrophobia got the better of him on Tuesday, Aug 21, cutting short an MRI exam on his clavicle, so the Twins center fielder is just going to continue his rehab without the test.
Notre Dame WR Daniels out until bowl after clavicle surgery.
Devin Lucien has broken clavicle .
UCLA wide receiver Devin Lucien broke his clavicle during Saturday's 42-14 victory at Colorado and will miss eight to 10 weeks, coach Jim Mora said Sunday.
Rams lose soph qb grayson due to broken left clavicle .
Receiver Devin Lucien sidelined with broken clavicle .
Alvarado Fractures Clavicle , Out 4-5 Weeks.
Devils' Jacob Josefson skates for first time since breaking clavicle .
According to police, Saldana stabbed a 63-year-old male clerk in the face, clavicle and thumb.
Nakatani Suffers Fractured Clavicle .
Twins' Span will have MRI on clavicle .
A right hand, a forearm and a clavicle, and the DNA they carried, were all investigators had to identify the remains of Timothy Stout, who worked on the 103rd floor of the north tower of the World Trade Center.
As expected, replacing running back Ryan Mathews while he heals from a broken clavicle will be a group effort.
He also says he expects everyone to be ready for the game, even receiver DaVaris Daniels, who sustained a broken left clavicle against Boston College.