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shoulder blade

noun
1.
the scapula.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English
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  • Poets envisioned him as a handsome interloper from the east, with a shoulder blade made of ivory.
  • Sometimes, such abnormal development extends to the shoulder blade or the bones of the arm.
  • Position right fingers so they touch the shoulder blade area.
British Dictionary definitions for shoulder blade

shoulder blade

noun
1.
the nontechnical name for scapula
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shoulder blade in Medicine

shoulder blade n.
See scapula.

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shoulder blade in Science
shoulder blade
  (shōl'dər)   
See scapula.
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Encyclopedia Article for shoulder blade

scapula

either of two large bones of the shoulder girdle in vertebrates. In humans they are triangular and lie on the upper back between the levels of the second and eighth ribs. A scapula's posterior surface is crossed obliquely by a prominent ridge, the spine, which divides the bone into two concave areas, the supraspinous and infraspinous fossae. The spine and fossae give attachment to muscles that act in rotating the arm. The spine ends in the acromion, a process that articulates with the clavicle, or collarbone, in front and helps form the upper part of the shoulder socket. The lateral apex of the triangle is broadened and presents a shallow cavity, the glenoid cavity, which articulates with the head of the bone of the upper arm, the humerus, to form the shoulder joint. Overhanging the glenoid cavity is a beaklike projection, the coracoid process, which completes the shoulder socket. To the margins of the scapula are attached muscles that aid in moving or fixing the shoulder as demanded by movements of the upper limb.

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