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

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But in a 40-26 loss to the Chiefs, Foles suffered a broken clavicle, leaving him out indefinitely with surgery scheduled for Monday. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "NFL Week 1 winners, losers: Browns look sloppy against Titans," 9 Sep. 2019 Pick: Steelers by 7 Jaguars at Texans (-8½): Jacksonville quarterback Nick Foles will miss at least half the season after having surgery Monday on his broken clavicle. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop NFL Picks: Week 2," 12 Sep. 2019 An autopsy found Zaray suffered a fractured clavicle, bruises to his face and internal bleeding. Tim Prudente,, "Baltimore man found guilty of killing girlfriend’s baby — the 2nd time he’s been convicted in a child’s death," 26 Aug. 2019 An autopsy would find internal bleeding and a fractured clavicle. Tim Prudente,, "‘My baby is not responsive!’: Baltimore mother’s 911 call opens trial of ex-boyfriend accused of killing her child," 19 Aug. 2019 The most pressing matter is the running backs room, which suddenly resembles a medical ward following injuries to sophomore Keaontay Ingram (knee), junior Daniel Young (ankle) and fifth-year senior Kirk Johnson (clavicle). Nick Moyle,, "Texas has some concerns as the season opener appraoches," 26 Aug. 2019 The child suffered a lacerated liver, fractures to her skull, left clavicle and left humerus and bruising to her lower back and neck, according to the warrant for Hernandez’s arrest. David Owens,, "East Hartford man faces prison after injuring 9-month-old child," 8 Aug. 2019 Of greater concern, senior running back Kirk Johnson fell on his shoulder and is being evaluated for a potential clavicle injury. Nick Moyle,, "Texas notebook: With pads on, Longhorns eager to get physical," 7 Aug. 2019 During the last year, Bernal fell three times and underwent clavicle, nose, cheek and jaw surgeries. Sinar Alvarado, New York Times, "The Colombian Who Made History at the Tour de France," 30 July 2019

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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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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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