pectoral girdle


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pectoral girdle

[′pek·tə·rəl ′gərd·əl]
(anatomy)
The system of bones supporting the upper or anterior limbs in vertebrates. Also known as shoulder girdle.
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The obvious point was that there are no secondary ossification centers in pectoral girdle and limb.
Postmortem radiographs demonstrated a normal right flipper and pectoral girdle and a markedly shortened and distorted left humerus (Fig 1B).
variabilis are of type I (a-z) of Hallacher (1974) in which the anterior muscle mass originates from the occipital region of the neuroeranium, attaches to the pectoral girdle near the insertion of Baudelot's ligament, passes between the epineural and pleural ribs of vertebrae 3 and 4, passes ventral to the pleural rib of vertebrae 5, and continues posteriorly as three tendons that insert on the pleural ribs of vertebrae 8, 9, and 10.