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breastbone

[ brest-bohn ]

noun

  1. the sternum.


breastbone

/ ˈbrɛstˌbəʊn /

noun

  1. the nontechnical name for sternum


breastbone

/ brĕstbōn′ /

  1. See sternum


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Word History and Origins

Origin of breastbone1

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

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Example Sentences

Robots can plant seeds and harvest crops, separate breastbones and carcasses in slaughterhouses, pack pallets of food in processing facilities.

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Cut off the feet of a chicken, break the breastbone flat, but be careful not to break the skin.

He hit Ling on the lower end of the breastbone, where his belly would be softest.

Margaret gave a cry; the light was shining on bones—a white breastbone with the ribs attached, and larger bones near.

The rib cage includes the breastbone and twelve pairs of ribs.

Each of the guests was given a little breastbone and no more, but this to them was a very great piece of meat.

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