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pectoral girdle

n.
A bony or cartilaginous structure in vertebrates, attached to and supporting the forelimbs or anterior fins. Also called pectoral arch.

pectoral girdle

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pectoral arch

n
(Anatomy) a skeletal support to which the front or upper limbs of a vertebrate are attached

pec′toral gir′dle


n.
the compound bony or cartilaginous arch supporting the forelimbs or analogous parts in vertebrates.
[1885–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pectoral girdle - a skeletal support to which the forelimbs of vertebrates are attachedpectoral girdle - a skeletal support to which the forelimbs of vertebrates are attached
girdle - an encircling or ringlike structure
pectoral arch, shoulder girdle - the bony arch formed by the collarbones and shoulder blades in humans
appendicular skeleton - the part of the skeleton that includes the pectoral girdle and the pelvic girdle and the upper and lower limbs
References in periodicals archive ?
Camera lucida drawings of the stained larvae were used to aid in the analysis of cranial cartilage and pectoral girdles.
small stubby fins that are fused by soft tissue at the base of the pectoral girdle.
The coracoscapulae (cs) and the proximal radials (pr) compose the pectoral girdle.