coracoid process n.
A long curved projection from the neck of the scapula, overhanging the glenoid cavity and giving attachment to the short head of the biceps, the coracobrachial muscle, the smaller pectoral muscle, and the coracoacromial ligament.
Fractures of the scapula may implicate the body, the surgical neck, the acromion, or the coracoid process.
This forms a kind of hook curved towards the inside; it represents the coracoid process.
It is known to human anatomists as the coracoid process of the scapula.
But there is no teleological reason why the coracoid process of the scapula should in all mammals develop from a separate centre.
The clavicles are very long and strong, and the scapula has a long spine and coracoid process.
There are no clavicles, and the scapula has no acromion; the coracoid process is, however, well developed.
The most important internal difference is in the form of the scapula, which has at most a slight acromion and coracoid process.
In Primates the clavicle and coracoid process are always well developed.
In the later stages, the head of the humerus may be drawn upwards and medially towards the coracoid process.
It arises above from a tubercle at the base of the coracoid process, which surmounts the glenoid cavity of the scapula.