Clavicle


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Clavicle (Wikipedia)
Clavicle (collarbone)
Clavicle - anterior view.png
Collarbone (shown in red)
Female clavicle.jpg
Human collarbone
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Identifiers
LatinClavicula
MeSHD002968
TAA02.4.02.001
FMA13321
Anatomical terms of bone

The clavicle, or collarbone, is a long bone that serves as a strut between the shoulder blade and the sternum (breastbone). There are two clavicles, one on the left and one on the right. The clavicle is the only long bone in the body that lies horizontally. Together with the shoulder blade, it makes up the shoulder girdle. It is a touchable bone, and in people who have less fat in this region, the location of the bone is clearly visible, as it creates a bulge in the skin. It receives its name from the Latin clavicula ("little key"), because the bone rotates along its axis like a key when the shoulder is abducted. The clavicle is the most commonly fractured bone. It can easily be fractured due to impacts to the shoulder from the force of falling on outstretched arms or by a direct hit.

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