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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: skap'yu-la, -le


A large triangular flattened bone lying over the ribs, posteriorly on either side, articulating laterally with the clavicle at the acromioclavicular joint and the humerus at the glenohumeral joint. It forms a functional articulation with the chest wall, the scapulothoracic articulation.

Synonym(s): blade bone, shoulder blade

[L. scapulae, the shoulder blades]

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