scapulae

scapula

[skap-yuh-luh]
noun, plural scapulas, scapulae [skap-yuh-lee] .
1.
Anatomy. either of two flat, triangular bones, each forming the back part of a shoulder in humans; shoulder blade. See diags. under shoulder, skeleton.
2.
Zoology. a dorsal bone of the pectoral girdle.

Origin:
1570–80; < Latin: shoulder

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scapula (ˈskæpjʊlə)
 
n , pl -lae, -las
1.  Nontechnical name: shoulder blade either of two large flat triangular bones, one on each side of the back part of the shoulder in man
2.  the corresponding bone in most vertebrates
 
[C16: from Late Latin: shoulder]

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scapula
"shoulder blade," 1578, Mod.L., from L.L. scapula "shoulder," from L. scapulæ (pl.) "shoulders, shoulder blades," of unknown origin; perhaps originally "spades, shovels" (cf. Gk. skaphein "to dig out"), on notion of similar shape, but actual shoulder blades may have been used as digging tools in
primitive times.
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scapula scap·u·la (skāp'yə-lə)
n. pl. scap·u·las or scap·u·lae (-lē')
Either of two large, flat, triangular bones forming the back part of the shoulder. Also called shoulder blade.

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Plural scapulae (skāp'yə-lē') or scapulas
Either of two flat, triangular bones forming part of the shoulder. In humans and other primates, the scapulae lie on the upper part of the back on either side of the spine. Also called shoulder blade. See more at skeleton.
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