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 clāvīcula from Latin diminutive of clāvis key (from its shape)
From Middle French clavicule, from Latin clāvīcula, diminutive of clāvis (“key”).