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A bony or cartilaginous structure in vertebrates, attached to and supporting the forelimbs or anterior fins. Also called pectoral arch.
(Anatomy) a skeletal support to which the front or upper limbs of a vertebrate are attached
the compound bony or cartilaginous arch supporting the forelimbs or analogous parts in vertebrates.
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|Noun||1.||pectoral 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