- the sternum.
Origin of breastbone
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Examples from the Web for breastbone
So identified he was with Judas that he felt at times as if his breastbone was bursting.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
I've 'eard o' men dying when you 'it 'em fair on the breastbone.Soldiers Three, Part II.
He hit Ling on the lower end of the breastbone, where his belly would be softest.The Devil's Asteroid
Manly Wade Wellman
The brisket is the part formed by the breastbone, and is the lower part of the chest.The Horsewoman
Alice M. Hayes
He drove it upward just below the breastbone, striking the heart.The Saracen: Land of the Infidel
- the nontechnical name for sternum
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Word Origin and History for breastbone
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- See sternum.
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