pectoral girdle


Examples of pectoral girdle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sculpins use muscles to rattle their pectoral girdle. Helen Scales, Discover Magazine, 19 Mar. 2019 But paleontologists also noted that many mosasaur fossils have very large pectoral girdles, the area that supports the muscles of the forelimbs. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 25 Sep. 2019 Their analysis found that the pectoral girdle was likely the site of large muscle attachments. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 25 Sep. 2019 In ray-finned fish, such as catfish, the pectoral girdle is directly attached to the skull and retracts when suction feeding occurs. National Geographic, 18 July 2017

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First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pectoral girdle was in 1879

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“Pectoral girdle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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