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pec·toral gir·dle

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  1. pectoral girdlenoun

    a skeletal support to which the forelimbs of vertebrates are attached


  1. pectoral girdlenoun

    The bony or cartilaginous assembly that supports the forelimbs in vertebrates


  1. pectoral girdle

    The pectoral girdle, also known as the shoulder girdle, is the set of bones in the body that connects the upper limb (arm) to the axial skeleton, which consists of the skull, vertebrae and rib cage. It provides a base for the movement and function of the arms and hands. In humans, it is composed of the clavicles (collarbones) and the scapulae (shoulder blades).


  1. Pectoral girdle

    The pectoral girdle or shoulder girdle is the set of bones which connects the upper limb to the axial skeleton on each side. It consists of the clavicle and scapula in humans and, in those species with three bones in the pectoral girdle, the coracoid. Some mammalian species have only the scapula. In humans, the only true anatomical joints between the shoulder girdle and axial skeleton are the sternoclavicular joints on each side. No anatomical joint exists between each scapula and the rib cage; instead the muscular connection or physiological joint between the two permits great mobility of the shoulder girdle compared to the compact pelvic girdle — i.e. because the upper limb is not usually involved in weight bearing, its stability has been sacrificed in exchange for greater mobility. In those species having only the scapula, no joint exists between the forelimb and the thorax, the only attachment being muscular.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pectoral girdle in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pectoral girdle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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