- sword-shaped; xiphoid.
Origin of ensiform
1535–45; < Latin ēnsi(s) sword + -form
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Examples from the Web for ensiform
The manubrium is thickened and drawn inward, the ensiform process protuberant, the sternum often swelled and painful to the touch.
The situation of the localized pain is usually at or a little below the ensiform cartilage.
Gastralgia is more frequent than enteralgia, and the pain is located about the ensiform cartilage.
We have now entered among the typical species, where every form occurs between a round and an ensiform shape.
The seventh vertebra articulates laterally at the point at which the ensiform process is attached to the corpus of the sternum.Pedagogical Anthropology
- biology shaped like a sword bladeensiform leaves
C16: from Latin ensis sword
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- Sword-shaped; xiphoid.
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