Definition of supraspinous in US English:



Anatomy Zoology
  • 1Located above the spine of the scapula; specifically designating a depression in the outer surface of the scapula beneath the spine, especially in "supraspinous fossa".

  • 2Located above or dorsal to the spinous processes of the vertebrae; specifically designating a ligament or series of ligaments attached to the tips of the spinous processes of the vertebrae.


Early 19th century. From supra- + spinous, originally after French sus-épineux. Compare post-classical Latin supraspinosus.