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  • n. A shallow depression in a bone, especially in the scapula.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to this depression.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the form of a smooth and shallow depression; socketlike; -- applied to several articular surfaces of bone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Shallow or slightly cupped: specifically applied in anatomy to two articular cavities or fossæ, of the scapula and of the temporal bone respectively.
  • Having a glenoid fossa: as, the glenoid border of the scapula.
  • n. A glenoid fossa, as of the temporal bone or of the scapula; a glene.


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