One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
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