noun Anatomy, Zoology.
a bone of the pectoral arch.
(in humans) either of two slender bones, each articulating with the sternum and a scapula and forming the anterior part of a shoulder; collarbone.

1605–15; < Medieval Latin clāvicula collarbone, Latin: tendril, door-bolt, little key, equivalent to clāvi(s) key + -cula -cule1

clavicular [kluh-vik-yuh-ler] , adjective
claviculate [kluh-vik-yuh-leyt] , adjective
subclavicular, adjective Unabridged
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clavicle (ˈklævɪkəl)
1.  Nontechnical name: collarbone either of the two bones connecting the shoulder blades with the upper part of the breastbone
2.  the corresponding structure in other vertebrates
[C17: from Medieval Latin clāvicula, from Latin clāvis key]

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Word Origin & History

1615, from M.Fr. clavicule "collarbone," from M.L. clavicula, from L., lit. "small key, bolt," dim. of clavis "key" (see slot (2)); a loan-translation of Gk. kleis "key, collarbone." So called supposedly from its function as the "fastener" of the shoulder.
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clavicle clav·i·cle (klāv'ĭ-kəl)
Either of two slender bones that extend from the manubrium of the sternum to the acromion of the scapula. Also called collarbone.

cla·vic'u·lar (klə-vĭk'yə-lər) adj.
cla·vic'u·late' (-lāt') adj.
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clavicle   (klāv'ĭ-kəl)  Pronunciation Key 
Either of two slender bones that extend from the upper part of the sternum (breastbone) to the shoulder. Also called collarbone.
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curved anterior bone of the shoulder (pectoral) girdle in vertebrates; it functions as a strut to support the shoulder

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Example sentences
Hill's clavicle bone is rubbing against another bone in his shoulder joint.
He cradles his left arm protectively because the pain of a sudden move risks
  jolting his broken clavicle.
He missed his freshman year because of a broken right clavicle.
Sewn into a hump of skin and muscle below his right clavicle was the pacemaker
  that helped his heart outlive his brain.
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