clav·​i·​cle | \ˈkla-vi-kəl \

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, klə-​ \ adjective

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The child was initially admitted to hospital with a skull fracture, hemorrhaging in both eyes, swelling, a broken clavicle, arm fractures and severe burns to her ear and hands, Sgt. Christopher Harress,, "Jury recommends life without parole for Mobile child murder," 30 Mar. 2018 Chalamet, 22, is five inches shorter, naturally smooth, with a pronounced clavicle and a concave torso. Nick Haramis, New York Times, "Welcome to the Age of the Twink," 14 May 2018 One woman broke her clavicle, ribs and a tooth, according to the complaint. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Texas Investigators Seek Felony Fleeing-the-Scene Charge Against Prominent Oil Lawyer," 28 June 2018 Holman will undergo surgery today for her clavicle. Carol Robinson,, "Injured, lost, barefoot and alone: A Chelsea mom survives on prayer," 12 Feb. 2018 Martin is 5 feet 3 inches, 150-160 lbs. with blue eyes, medium-length dark brown hair and has a tattoo of a sun on her left clavicle., "Was a Missing College Grad's Decomposed Body Found in the Same Neighborhood She Vanished From?," 28 June 2018 Expect absolutely no issues for Rodgers related to the clavicle fracture. Profootballdoc,, "Top offseason medical issues for every NFC team," 27 Feb. 2018 Her injuries included a few broken ribs, a fractured clavicle and a concussion. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "Cypress woman OK after cow elk attack in Yellowstone," 18 June 2018 There was talk of crudely gnawed-upon limbs and faces missing eyes, noses, livers, shreds of skin barely hanging on to some clavicle kicked away by anxious scavengers. Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award runner-up: "Fluid Mechanics" by Mabel Yu," 2 June 2018

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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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The first known use of clavicle was in 1615

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clav·​i·​cle | \ˈkla-vi-kəl \

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clav·​i·​cle | \ˈklav-i-kəl \

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-​ \ adjective

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