Lateral angle of the scapula

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Lateral angle of the scapula
Left scapula. Dorsal surface. (Lateral angle labeled, upside down, at upper left.)
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Left scapula. Dorsal surface. Head of scapula is shown in red.
Latin angulus lateralis scapulae
Gray's p.207
Anatomical terms of bone

The lateral angle of the scapula (head of the scapula) is the thickest part of the bone.

On it is a shallow pyriform, articular surface, the glenoid cavity, which is directed lateralward and forward and articulates with the head of the humerus; it is broader below than above and its vertical diameter is the longest.

The surface is covered with cartilage in the fresh state; and its margins, slightly raised, give attachment to a fibrocartilaginous structure, the glenoidal labrum, which deepens the cavity.

At its apex is a slight elevation, the supraglenoid tuberosity, to which the long head of the Biceps brachii is attached.

The neck of the scapula is the slightly constricted portion which surrounds the head; it is more distinct below and behind than above and in front.

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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