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[kawr-uh-koid, kor-] /ˈkɔr əˌkɔɪd, ˈkɒr-/ Anatomy, Zoology
pertaining to the bone that in reptiles, birds, and monotremes articulates with the scapula and the sternum and that in humans and other higher mammals is a reduced bony process of the scapula having no connection with the sternum.
a coracoid bone or process.
Origin of coracoid
1700-10; < New Latin coracoīdēs < Greek korakoeidḗs ravenlike, hooked like a raven's beak, equivalent to korak- (stem of kórax) raven + -oeidēs -oid
Related forms
intercoracoid, adjective
precoracoid, adjective
subcoracoid, adjective Unabridged
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a paired ventral bone of the pectoral girdle in vertebrates. In mammals it is reduced to a peg (the coracoid process) on the scapula
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin coracoīdēs, from Greek korakoeidēs like a raven, curved like a raven's beak, from korax raven
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coracoid in Medicine

coracoid cor·a·coid (kôr'ə-koid')

  1. A bony process projecting from the scapula toward the sternum in mammals.

  2. A beak-shaped bone articulating with the scapula and sternum in most nonmammalia vertebrates, such as birds and reptiles.

Of, relating to, or resembling a coracoid.
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