What is clavicle?

  • (noun): Bone linking the scapula and sternum.
    Synonyms: collarbone


In human anatomy, the clavicle or collarbone is a long bone of short length that serves as a strut between the scapula and the sternum. It is the only long bone in the body that lies horizontally. It makes up part of the shoulder and the pectoral girdle and is palpable in all people, and, in people who have less fat in this region, the location of the bone is clearly visible as it creates a bulge in the skin. It receives its name from the Latin: clavicula ("little key") because the bone rotates along its axis like a key when the shoulder is abducted, and it is roughly the same shape as a key for a Roman door lock.

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Clavicle Fracture
... A clavicle fracture is a bone fracture in the clavicle, or collarbone ... onto a shoulder, or a direct blow to the clavicle ... projects are underway regarding the medical healing process of clavicle fractures ...
Clavicle - Additional Images
... Pectoral girdle — front Human arm bones diagram Diagram of the human shoulder joint Sternoclavicular articulation ... Anterior view The left shoulder and acromioclavicular joints, and the proper ligaments of the scapula Muscles of the neck ...
Subclavian Triangle
... belly of the Omohyoideus below, by the clavicle its base is formed by the posterior border of the Sternocleidomastoideus ... limb, on account of the ascent of the clavicle, and increased by drawing the arm downward, when that bone is depressed ... Just above the level of the clavicle, the third portion of the subclavian artery curves lateralward and downward from the lateral margin of the Scalenus anterior, across the first rib, to the axilla ...
Weaver-Dunn Procedure
... Resection of the distal 2 cm of distal clavicle Detaching the acromial end of the coracoacromial ligament, and possibly shortening it ... Attaching the remaining ligament to the remaining clavicle with sutures ... of the procedure may use additional fixation methods to better stabilize the distal clavicle end as the original construction is rather weak compared to the unharmed shoulder ...
Subclavius Muscle - Variations
... Insertion into coracoid process instead of clavicle or into both clavicle and coracoid process ... Sternoclavicularis from manubrium to clavicle between pectoralis major and coracoclavicular fascia ...