the bone that connects the scapula with the sternum; collarbone
Origin of clavicleFrench clavicule ; from Classical Latin clavicula, diminutive of clavis, a key: see close
- Either of two slender bones in humans that extend from the manubrium of the sternum to the acromion of the scapula. Also called collarbone.
- One of the bones of the pectoral girdle in many vertebrates.
Origin of clavicleNew Latin clav&imacron;cula, from Latin, diminutive of clavis, key (from its shape).
From Middle French clavicule, from Latin clāvīcula, diminutive of clāvis (“key”).