from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Located above the scapula, as an artery or a nerve.
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- adj. Situated above, or on the anterior side of, the scapula.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Situated above or on the upper part of the scapula; lying or running on the side of the scapula nearest the head; prescapular; proximal or superior with reference to the scapular arch; of or pertaining to the suprascapula. Also superscapular.
- n. Same as post-temporal.
She checks her temper by mentally quizzing herself on the arteries of the upper extremity: right subclavian artery, vertebral artery, suprascapular artery …
The suprascapular nerve is rather frequently injured causing partial or complete loss of function of the structures supplied by this nerve, and abduction of the scapulohumeral joint naturally results.
-- The suprascapular (anterior scapular) nerve, a small branch of the brachial plexus, is given off from the anterior portion of this plexus.
If serious injury is done the nerve so that it undergoes degenerative changes, there will result atrophy of the muscles that derive their nerve supply from the suprascapular nerve.
[Illustration: Fig. 7 -- Paralysis of the suprascapular nerve of the left shoulder]
-- With partial or complete suspension of function of the suprascapular nerve there results enervation of the supraspinatus and infraspinatus muscles.
Later, as soon as acute inflammation has subsided, vesication of a liberal area around the anteroexternal part of the scapulohumeral joint and over the course of the suprascapular nerve, will stimulate recovery in favorable cases.
The nerves are derived from the axillary and suprascapular.
The Superior Transverse Ligament (ligamentum transversum scapulæ superius; transverse or suprascapular ligament).
This notch is converted into a foramen by the superior transverse ligament, and serves for the passage of the suprascapular nerve; sometimes the ligament is ossified.