breastbone

[ brest-bohn ]
/ ˈbrɛstˌboʊn /
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noun

the sternum.

Nearby words

  1. breast timber,
  2. breast wall,
  3. breast wheel,
  4. breast-beating,
  5. breast-feed,
  6. breasted,
  7. breasted, james henry,
  8. breasting,
  9. breastpin,
  10. breastplate

Origin of breastbone

before 1000; Middle English brust-bon, Old English brēostbān. See breast, bone

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British Dictionary definitions for breastbone

breastbone

/ (ˈbrɛstˌbəʊn) /

noun

the nontechnical name for sternum
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Word Origin and History for breastbone

breastbone

n.

"sternum," Old English breostban; see breast (n.) + bone (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for breastbone

breastbone

[ brĕstbōn′ ]

n.

sternum

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Science definitions for breastbone

breastbone

[ brĕstbōn′ ]

See sternum.
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