Pectoral girdle

Dr Daniel J Bell and Dr Craig Hacking et al.

The pectoral girdle is part of the upper limb that connects the limb to the axial skeleton. It comprises the scapula and clavicle. The sternum is considered a part of the thorax and not the pectoral girdle.

The girdle has a complex degree of movement including dependent and independent movements of the glenohumeral joint, acromioclavicular joint, scapulothoracic 'joint' and sternoclavicular joint.

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rID: 41587
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Shoulder girdle

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