pectoral girdle

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girdle

 [ger´d'l]
an encircling or confining structure.
pectoral girdle shoulder girdle.
pelvic girdle the encircling bony structure supporting the lower limbs.
shoulder girdle (thoracic girdle) the encircling bony structure supporting the upper limbs.
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pec·to·ral gir·dle

[TA]
the incomplete bony ring, formed by the clavicles and the scapulae, which supports the upper limb, attaching its appendicular skeleton to the axial skeleton (manubrium sterni).
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pectoral girdle

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

 The part of the skeleton that supports the upper extremities
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shoul·der gir·dle

(shōl'dĕr gĭr'dĕl)
The bony ring, incomplete behind, which serves for the attachment and support of the upper limbs. It is formed by the manubrium sterni, the clavicles, and the scapulae.
Synonym(s): pectoral girdle, shoulder complex (3) .
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Fig. 247 Pectoral girdle . (a) Anterior view of pectoral girdle in humans (simplified). (b) Superior view of pectoral girdle in humans (simplified).

pectoral girdle

or

shoulder girdle

the skeletal support for the anterior limbs of vertebrates that transmits the power from the limbs to the body and also serves to protect and support the organs in the thorax. Normally it is a U-shaped structure and is attached to the vertebrae by muscles.

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