adjective Anatomy, Zoology.

not reaching to or connected with the sternum.

Origin of asternal

First recorded in 1840–50; a-6 + sternal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for asternal


adjective anatomy

not connected or joined to the sternum
lacking a sternum
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asternal in Medicine


[ā-stûrnəl, ə-stûr-]


Not related to or connected with the sternum, as a rib.
Lacking a sternum.
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