Definition of scapula in English:

scapula

noun

Anatomy
  • technical term for shoulder blade
    • ‘The large trapezius muscle extends from the base of the skull to the last thoracic vertebrae, and from the spinal column to the scapulae.’
    • ‘A plate of bone extending from the medial margin of the scapula to the vertebral column has been reported (Ingersoll).’
    • ‘Only the coracoclavicular ligaments, coracoacromial ligament, the clavicle, and the scapula were preserved.’
    • ‘The fourth step is to emphasize the retractor muscles of the scapula and to correct any forward-head posture.’
    • ‘The humerus articulates with the scapula (shoulder blade) at the shoulder, and with the radius and the ulna at the elbow.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from late Latin, singular of Latin scapulae shoulder blades.

Pronunciation:

scapula

/ˈskapyələ/