Origin of xiphisternum
1855–60; < New Latin xiphi- (combining form of Greek xíphos sword) + sternum sternum
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Between the last sternebra and the xiphisternum two pairs articulate.
The xiphisternum generally ends in an expanded plate of cartilage.
Further back is the long sternum proper, while last comes the xiphisternum, a broad expanded plate of cartilage.
The last segment or xiphisternum (fig. 76, 4) is long and narrow, and terminates in a flattened expanded plate of cartilage.
In Manis macrura the xiphisternum is drawn out into a pair of cartilaginous processes about nine inches long.
- anatomy zoology the cartilaginous process forming the lowermost part of the breastbone (sternum)Also called: xiphoid, xiphoid process
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