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pigeon breast

noun, Pathology.
Also called pigeon chest.
Origin of pigeon breast
First recorded in 1840-50
Related forms
pigeon-breasted, adjective
pigeon-breastedness, noun Unabridged
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  • He was a meagre little fellow, with a long neck and a white face and sunken cheeks, a pigeon breast, and a big stomach.

    A Book of Ghosts Sabine Baring-Gould
British Dictionary definitions for pigeon breast

pigeon breast

a deformity of the chest characterized by an abnormal protrusion of the breastbone, caused by rickets or by obstructed breathing during infancy Also called chicken breast
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pigeon breast in Medicine

pigeon breast pi·geon breast (pĭj'ən)
A chest deformity marked by a projecting sternum, often occurring as a result of infantile rickets. Also called chicken breast, pectus carinatum.

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