scap·​u·​la | \ ˈska-pyə-lə How to pronounce scapula (audio) \
plural scapulae\ ˈska-​pyə-​ˌlē How to pronounce scapula (audio) , -​ˌlī \ or scapulas

Definition of scapula

: either of a pair of large triangular bones lying one in each dorsal lateral part of the thorax, being the principal bone of the corresponding half of the shoulder girdle, and articulating with the corresponding clavicle or coracoid

called also shoulder blade

Examples of scapula in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One person had to undergo surgery and another suffered a shattered left scapula. Fox News, "Three charged in connection to California strip club shooting over mask dispute," 22 Dec. 2020 Eddie Rosario is 1 for 9 with four Ks, and Max Kepler, returning from a scapula injury that sidelined him for nearly all of September, is 0 for 6 with two walks. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "Down 2-0 in ALDS, Twins plan to ‘stick with what we know’," 6 Oct. 2019 Aim at the shoulder, halfway up the body or a shade more, to hit the scapula, which will aid bullet expansion. Jeff Johnston, Field & Stream, "The Pros and Cons of Subsonic Cartridges," 8 Oct. 2019 The Twins’ outfield depth has been tested lately as Max Kepler — who got positive results from his testing on Monday —deals with pain in his scapula and Marwin Gonzalez (abdominal/oblique) and Jake Cave (groin) are out. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Twins’ Byron Buxton undergoes season-ending surgery," 10 Sep. 2019 Already without Gold Glove center fielder Byron Buxton since Aug. 2, the Twins might be without Max Kepler for a while after the regular right fielder left Sunday’s 5-2 loss to Cleveland because of pain in the scapula area behind his left shoulder. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "With Max Kepler out, Twins outfield in shambles," 9 Sep. 2019 But whose sky-scraping scapulas risked slicing off an ear? Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Who Wore the Biggest Shoulders at the 2019 Met Gala? An Investigation," 7 May 2019 That's the muscle that runs from your neck to your shoulder, and down to your scapula (shoulder blade), on each side. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Why Sara Sampaio's Dumbbell Raise Exercise Is Great for Strengthening Your Shoulders," 23 July 2018 In addition to breathing quality, this stretch helps relieve tension headaches caused by an achy neck and stiff shoulders, as well as bolstering underworked muscles around the scapula., "3 exercises for beating the afternoon slump," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of scapula

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scapula

New Latin, from Latin, shoulder blade, shoulder

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9 Jan 2021

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“Scapula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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scap·​u·​la | \ ˈskap-yə-lə How to pronounce scapula (audio) \
plural scapulae\ -​ˌlē How to pronounce scapula (audio) , -​ˌlī How to pronounce scapula (audio) \ or scapulas

Medical Definition of scapula

: either of a pair of large essentially flat and triangular bones lying one in each dorsolateral part of the thorax, being the principal bone of the corresponding half of the shoulder girdle, divided on the posterior surface into the supraspinous and infraspinous fossae by an oblique transverse bony process or spine terminating in the acromion, having a hook-shaped bony coracoid process on the anterior surface of the superior border of the bone, providing articulation for the humerus, and articulating with the corresponding clavicle

called also shoulder blade

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