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[muh-noo-bree-uh m, -nyoo-] /məˈnu bri əm, -ˈnyu-/
noun, plural manubria
[muh-noo-bree-uh, -nyoo-] /məˈnu bri ə, -ˈnyu-/ (Show IPA),
Anatomy, Zoology. a segment, bone, cell, etc., resembling a handle.
Also called presternum. Anatomy.
  1. the uppermost of the three portions of the sternum.
    Compare gladiolus (def 2), xiphisternum.
  2. the long process of the malleus.
Origin of manubrium
1650-60; < New Latin, Latin: a handle, akin to manus hand
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manubrial, adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) -bria (-brɪə), -briums
(anatomy) any handle-shaped part, esp the upper part of the sternum
(zoology) the tubular mouth that hangs down from the centre of a coelenterate medusa such as a jellyfish
Derived Forms
manubrial, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin, from Latin: handle, from manus hand
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Word Origin and History for manubrial



"handle-like process," 1848 in anatomy and zoology, from Latin manubrium "handle, hilt," properly "that which is held in the hand," from manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)).

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manubrial in Medicine

manubrium ma·nu·bri·um (mə-nōō'brē-əm, -nyōō'-)
n. pl. ma·nu·bri·a (-brē-ə)

  1. The upper segment of the sternum with which the clavicle and the first two pairs of ribs articulate.

  2. See episternum.

  3. The portion of the malleus that is embedded in the tympanic membrane and extends downward, inward, and backward from the neck of the malleus.

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