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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.

gir·dle

(ger'dĕl), [TA]
A belt; a zone. Any structure that has the form of a belt or girdle.
Synonym(s): cingulum (1) [TA]
[A.S. gyrdel]

girdle

/gir·dle/ (gir´d'l) cingulum; an encircling structure or part; anything encircling a body.
pectoral girdle  shoulder g.
pelvic girdle  the encircling bony structure supporting the lower limbs.
shoulder girdle , thoracic girdle the encircling bony structure supporting the upper limbs.

girdle

(gûr′dl)
n.
Anatomy The pelvic or pectoral girdle.

girdle

[gur′dəl]
any curved or circular structure, such as the hipline formed by the bones and related tissues of the pelvis.

gir·dle

(gĭr'dĕl) [TA]
A belt; a zone. A structure that has the form of a belt or girdle.
Synonym(s): cingulum (1) [TA] .

girdle

The ring of bones at either the shoulder (shoulder girdle) or the pelvis (pelvic girdle) that, respectively, support the arms and the legs.

girdle

a bony structure to which the limbs of vertebrates are attached. See PECTORAL GIRDLE, PELVIC GIRDLE.

gir·dle

(gĭr'dĕl) [TA]
Any structure that has the form of a belt or girdle.
Synonym(s): cingulum [TA] .

girdle

an encircling or confining structure.

pelvic girdle
see pelvic girdle.
shoulder girdle
the incomplete bony ring made up of the scapulae, clavicles and coracoids (when present) sometimes incorporating the manubrium of the sternum. Called also pectoral or thoracic girdle.
References in classic literature ?
Having put the letters in his book of fate and girdled it up again, he unlocks the door just in time to admit his dinner, which is brought upon a goodly tray with a decanter of sherry.
And she spread out her arms to show her short-waisted, lace-trimmed, dainty gray dress, girdled with a broad ribbon just below the breast.
When time has bound these limbs of mine with bands, And hushed mine ears, and silvered all my hair, May sorrow come not, nor a vain despair Trouble my soul that meekly girdled stands.
The house itself was large and comfortable, old enough to be dignified, and girdled with maple groves and orchards.
Hardly had Nikita driven out of the yard and turned the horse's head to the house, before Vasili Andreevich emerged from the high porch in front of the house with a cigarette in his mouth and wearing a cloth-covered sheep-skin coat tightly girdled low at his waist, and stepped onto the hard-trodden snow which squeaked under the leather soles of his felt boots, and stopped.
Then, drawing his worn narrow girdle round him, he drew in his breath, pulling in his lean stomach still more, and girdled himself as tightly as he could over his sheepskin.
The grass on which they were standing was girdled by a broad smooth path, composed of finely-sifted ashes and sand--and this again was surrounded by the fence and by the spectators ranked behind it.
But, he was girdled still with Bradley's iron ring, and the rivets of the iron ring held tight.
The problem arises when vascular tissues just beneath the bark are restricted, not unlike a tourniquet, disrupting the flow of water, minerals and sugars across the girdled area.
bimucronata girdled by twig girdlers were collected in a hedge with 3 trees of this plant and others of Mimosa caesalpiniifolia Benth.