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Encyclopedia > Coracoid process

In human beings, the coracoid process is a small hook-like structure that comes off the scapula to point forward. It is the site of attachment of the coracobrachialis muscle and pectoralis minor, as well ligaments linking it to the clavicle.


Coracoid in itself means "like a raven's beak", with reference to its shape.


In birds and reptiles, the coracoid is a separate bone.


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Dorlands Medical Dictionary (3979 words)
ante´rior mal´lei [Fo´lii] anterior process of malleus: a slender bony process that arises from the anterior aspect of the neck of the malleus, passes anteriorly and inferiorly to the petrotympanic fissure, and is attached to the petrous portion of the temporal bone by ligamentous fibers.
condyloi´deus mandi´bulae condylar process of mandible: the posterior process on the ramus of the mandible that articulates with the mandibular fossa of the temporal bone.
maxilla´ris con´chae nasa´lis inferio´ris [TA] maxillary process of inferior nasal concha: a bony process descending from the ethmoid process of the inferior nasal concha.
Palaeos Vertebrates: Glossary Ch-Co (1918 words)
Conical recess: in the braincase and palate of basal tetrapods, particularly baphetids and temnospondyls, the pterygoid is notched near its articulation with the basipterygoid process of the braincase, at the base of the quadrate ramus.
Coracoid process: in mammals, the scapula and coracoid are fused.
The coracoid is therefore found as a process of the scapulocoracoid, generally ventral to the glenoid.
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