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[muh-noo-bree-uh m, -nyoo-]
noun, plural ma·nu·bri·a [muh-noo-bree-uh, -nyoo-] /məˈnu bri ə, -ˈnyu-/, ma·nu·bri·ums.
  1. Anatomy, Zoology. a segment, bone, cell, etc., resembling a handle.
  2. Also called presternum. Anatomy.
    1. the uppermost of the three portions of the sternum.Compare gladiolus(def 2), xiphisternum.
    2. the long process of the malleus.
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Origin of manubrium

1650–60; < New Latin, Latin: a handle, akin to manus hand
Related formsma·nu·bri·al, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The outline of the manubrial process also varies, being wedge-shaped in the Bankiva, and rounded in the Spanish breed.

    The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I.

    Charles Darwin

British Dictionary definitions for manubrial


noun plural -bria (-brɪə) or -briums
  1. anatomy any handle-shaped part, esp the upper part of the sternum
  2. zoology the tubular mouth that hangs down from the centre of a coelenterate medusa such as a jellyfish
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Derived Formsmanubrial, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from New Latin, from Latin: handle, from manus hand
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Word Origin and History for manubrial



"handle-like process," 1848 in anatomy and zoology, from Latin manubrium "handle, hilt," properly "that which is held in the hand," from manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

manubrial in Medicine


(mə-nōōbrē-əm, -nyōō-)
n. pl. ma•nu•bri•a (-brē-ə)
  1. The upper segment of the sternum with which the clavicle and the first two pairs of ribs articulate.
  2. episternum
  3. The portion of the malleus that is embedded in the tympanic membrane and extends downward, inward, and backward from the neck of the malleus.
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