scap·​u·​lar | \ ˈska-pyə-lər How to pronounce scapular (audio) \

Definition of scapular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a long wide band of cloth with an opening for the head worn front and back over the shoulders as part of a monastic habit
b : a pair of small cloth squares joined by shoulder tapes and worn under the clothing on the breast and back as a sacramental and often also as a badge of a third order or confraternity
2a : scapula
b : one of the feathers covering the base of a bird's wing — see bird illustration



Definition of scapular (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to the shoulder, the scapula, or scapulars

Examples of scapular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun From a cardboard box, Butler chose a scapular and a rosary and put them in a plastic bag for a nurse to take to the patient’s bedside. Elizabeth Barber, The New Yorker, 14 Apr. 2020 Both pray the rosary daily, and Joe Borak wears a devotional scapular, similar to a necklace with religious text or pictures on both ends. Kristin E. Holmes,, 11 Oct. 2017 It’s designed after an escapulário, or scapular in English, a religious garment originally worn by Christian monks. Alicia Delgallo,, 26 Apr. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Strengthening the scapular muscles helps to keep them retracted while running, which is important when performing on all types of terrain. Ben Walker, Outside Online, 28 Aug. 2020 Research comparing the impact of mouth versus nasal breathing on developing school-age children showed that mouth breathing creates structural changes that contribute to forward head posture and scapular winging, or shoulder blades sticking out. Dana Santas, CNN, 23 June 2021 The earliest known Near Eastern cremation, of a young person with moderate arthritis and a fragment of flint lodged in the sinister scapular spine, was dated to around 7000 bc. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 27 Oct. 2020 With the pull-up bar, do a round of 10 scapular pull-ups and 10 regular pull-ups. Popular Science, 29 Mar. 2020 Fultz needs to answer the following questions: How did the scapular muscle imbalance somehow affect his shot when the same condition didn’t force others to change their shot? Keith Pompey,, 24 Feb. 2018 Markelle Fultz was ruled out indefinitely on Oct. 29 because of scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder after four appearances for Philadelphia. Paul Coro,, 10 Feb. 2018 Media: Sports Illustrated Fultz was ruled out indefinitely in October with soreness and a scapular muscle imbalance in the shoulder. Andy Schwartz, Houston Chronicle, 9 Feb. 2018 The Sixers announced back on Dec. 9 that the 19-year-old was no longer experiencing soreness in his right shoulder and the scapular imbalance was resolved. Keith Pompey,, 18 Jan. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of scapular


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1713, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scapular


Middle English scapulare, from Late Latin, from Latin scapula shoulder


New Latin scapularis, from scapula

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“Scapular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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scap·​u·​lar | \ ˈskap-yə-lər How to pronounce scapular (audio) \

Medical Definition of scapular

: of, relating to, or affecting the shoulder or scapula a scapular fracture

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