clav·​i·​cle | \ ˈkla-vi-kəl How to pronounce clavicle (audio) \

Definition of clavicle

: a bone of the shoulder girdle typically serving to link the scapula and sternum

called also collarbone

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Other Words from clavicle

clavicular \ kla-​ˈvi-​kyə-​lər How to pronounce clavicular (audio) , klə-​ \ adjective

Examples of clavicle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A year ago in Seattle, Cook landed on his left shoulder and injured his clavicle while the Vikings and Seahawks were tied 17-17 in the third quarter. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Never been better: Vikings' Dalvin Cook is leading the NFL in rushing after four weeks," 10 Oct. 2020 The left clavicle injury, which occurred after a deep touchdown pass to D.J. Chark in the season opener, quickly gave the Jaguars a case of buyer’s remorse in 2019. Brad Biggs,, "Column: With Nick Foles set to make his 1st start for the Chicago Bears, it’s not too early to ask: Is he the answer to the franchise’s quarterback problem?," 3 Oct. 2020 As a result, Shepard broke his ribs and his clavicle in several places, as well as re-injured the hand that had been recovering from a previous incident., "Dax Shepard Shaves the Side of His Head to 'Match' Daughter's 'Specific Haircut'," 17 Sep. 2020 Next the funeral director makes a small incision near the clavicle, to access the jugular vein and carotid artery. Mark Evely, The Conversation, "When someone dies, what happens to the body?," 15 Sep. 2020 Lean against the wall and slowly roll the ball back and forth, side to side, along the valley below your clavicle several times. Kelly Dinardo New York Times, Star Tribune, "A breathtaking workout to improve your breathing," 21 Aug. 2020 Then Ralph was knocked out of bounds — a clean and fair hit — and landed hard on his shoulder, suffering a broken right clavicle. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cathedral Catholic QB gets late offer from New Mexico State," 18 Aug. 2020 One of the officers allegedly tackled the man to the ground, breaking his clavicle. CNN, "NYPD officer in 'disturbing apparent chokehold incident' had previous civilian complaint cases on his record," 22 June 2020 Connell’s clavicle-gracing chain isn’t the first to inspire breathy sighs. Todd Plummer, WSJ, "Connell’s Chain in ‘Normal People’: Seductive or Sleazy?," 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of clavicle

1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clavicle

French clavicule, from New Latin clavicula, from Latin, diminutive of Latin clavis; akin to Greek kleid-, kleis key, kleiein to close

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Cite this Entry

“Clavicle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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Medical Definition of clavicle

: a bone of the shoulder girdle that links the scapula and sternum, is situated just above the first rib on either side of the neck, and has the form of a narrow elongated S

called also collarbone

Other Words from clavicle

clavicular \ kla-​ˈvik-​yə-​lər, klə-​ How to pronounce clavicular (audio) \ adjective

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