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[kol-er-bohn] /ˈkɒl ərˌboʊn/
the clavicle.
1605-15; collar + bone Unabridged
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Examples from the web for collarbone
  • That's the big blood vessel underneath the clavicle, or collarbone.
  • They ran a wire to another device, inserted under the skin of his collarbone, that generated pulses of electrical current.
  • The chain straps of the dress were as light as paper clips against her collarbone.
  • Shift the fingers slightly over, slightly overlapping the previously checked region, and work upward back to the collarbone.
  • This compresses the collarbone and upper ribs but is not medically dangerous.
British Dictionary definitions for collarbone


the nontechnical name for clavicle
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Word Origin and History for collarbone

c.1500, from collar (n.) + bone (n.).

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collarbone in Medicine

collarbone col·lar·bone (kŏl'ər-bōn')
See clavicle.

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collarbone in Science
See clavicle.
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Encyclopedia Article for collarbone


curved anterior bone of the shoulder (pectoral) girdle in vertebrates; it functions as a strut to support the shoulder

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