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[zif-uh-stur-nuh m] /ˌzɪf əˈstɜr nəm/
noun, plural xiphisterna
[zif-uh-stur-nuh] /ˌzɪf əˈstɜr nə/ (Show IPA).
the lowermost of the three segments of the sternum.
Compare gladiolus (def 2), manubrium (def 2a).
Origin of xiphisternum
1855-60; < New Latin xiphi- (combining form of Greek xíphos sword) + sternum sternum
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xiphisternal, adjective Unabridged
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  • The last pair of sternal ribs are attached to the preceding pair, not to the xiphisternal horns.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for xiphisternal


noun (pl) -na (-nə)
(anatomy, zoology) the cartilaginous process forming the lowermost part of the breastbone (sternum) Also called xiphoid, xiphoid process
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xiphisternal in Medicine

xiphisternum xiph·i·ster·num (zĭf'ĭ-stûr'nəm)
See xiphoid process.

xiph'i·ster'nal adj.
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