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pectoral girdle

(in vertebrates) a bony or cartilaginous arch supporting the forelimbs.
Also called shoulder girdle. (in humans) the bony arch formed by the clavicles, or collarbones, and scapulas, or shoulder blades.
Also called pectoral arch.
Origin of pectoral girdle
1885-90 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for pectoral-girdle

pectoral girdle

a skeletal support to which the front or upper limbs of a vertebrate are attached
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pectoral-girdle in Medicine

pectoral girdle n.
A bony or cartilaginous structure in vertebrates, attached to and supporting the forelimbs. Also called pectoral arch.

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