Clavicle
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British pronunciation/klˈævɪkə‍l/
American pronunciation/ˈkɫævəkəɫ/, /ˈkɫævɪkəɫ/
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(anatomy) a bone of the shoulder girdle that connects the breastbone to the shoulder bone

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The clavicle, also known as the collarbone, is a long and slender bone located in the shoulder region. It connects the sternum (breastbone) to the scapula (shoulder blade). The clavicle serves as an important structural component of the shoulder girdle, providing support and stability to the upper limbs. It helps to transmit forces from the arms to the axial skeleton and allows for a wide range of shoulder movements. The clavicle's position in the body contributes to proper shoulder joint function and facilitates the attachment of various muscles, ligaments, and tendons involved in arm and shoulder movement.

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