from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Situated below or on the underside of the scapula.
  • n. A subscapular part, such as an artery or a nerve.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Situated beneath the scapula; infrascapular.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Situated beneath the scapula; infrascapular.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In anatomy: Occupying the under surface of the scapula; of or pertaining to that side of the shoulder-blade which presents to the ribs.
  • Running under or below the scapula, as a vessel or nerve.
  • A small branch of the suprascapular artery.
  • the lower supplies the teres major muscle;
  • the long or middle supplies the latissimus dorsi, running in the course of the subscapular artery.
  • n. A subscapular vessel or nerve, and especially the subscapular muscle. See subscapularis.


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  • At the upper part of the fossa is a transverse depression, where the bone appears to be bent on itself along a line at right angles to and passing through the center of the glenoid cavity, forming a considerable angle, called the subscapular angle; this gives greater strength to the body of the bone by its arched form, while the summit of the arch serves to support the spine and acromion.

    II. Osteology. 6a. 2. The Scapula (Shoulder Blade)

  • He was most surprised by the subscapular measurement, which decreased by 8 mm.

    Measure up

  • Beneath the artery is seen a subscapular branch of the brachial plexus, given to the latissimus dorsi muscle.

    Surgical Anatomy

  • The inner side is formed by the serratus magnus muscle, M, Plate 12, on the side of the thorax; the external side is formed by the scapular and humeral insertion of the subscapular muscle, the humerus and coraco-brachialis muscle; and the posterior side is formed by the latissimus dorsi, the teres and body of the subscapular muscle.

    Surgical Anatomy

  • The branches which come off from the axillary artery are very variable both as to number and place of origin, but in general will be found certain branches which answer to the names thoracic, subscapular, and circumflex.

    Surgical Anatomy

  • The subscapular artery, Q, Plate 12, is perhaps of all the other branches that one which manifests the most permanent character; its point of origin being in general opposite the interval between the latissimus and sub-scapular muscles, but I have seen it arise from all parts of the axillary main trunk.

    Surgical Anatomy

  • These retained bullets often gave rise to remarkably little trouble in this situation; thus I have a skiagram of a shrapnel bullet lying in the deepest part of the subscapular fossa, which did not inconvenience its possessor.

    Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900 Being Mainly a Clinical Study of the Nature and Effects of Injuries Produced by Bullets of Small Calibre

  • —The Trapezius is supplied by the accessory nerve, and by branches from the third and fourth cervical nerves; the Latissimus dorsi by the sixth, seventh, and eighth cervical nerves through the thoracodorsal (long subscapular) nerve.

    IV. Myology. 7. The Fascia and Muscles of the Upper Extremity. a. The Muscles Connecting the Upper Extremity to the Vertebral Column

  • Those over the Trapezius and Latissimus dorsi run forward and unite to form about ten or twelve trunks which end in the subscapular group.

    VIII. The Lymphatic System. 7. The Lymphatic Vessels of the Thorax

  • It is provided with a pair of valves opposite the lower border of the Subscapularis; valves are also found at the ends of the cephalic and subscapular veins.

    VII. The Veins. 3c. The Veins of the Upper Extremity and Thorax


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