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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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Examples from the Web for manubrium

Historical Examples of manubrium

  • The manubrium, or handle, is also the centre of a nerve-system.

    The Dawn of Reason

    James Weir

  • Its umbrella is nearly hemispherical, and from the center hangs a manubrium.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • It is called the manubrium and is the mouth and stomach of the animal.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • The Mammalian presternum (manubrium sterni) and xiphosternum have the same origin as the main body of the sternum (Ruge, No. 438).

  • The manubrium is thickened and drawn inward, the ensiform process protuberant, the sternum often swelled and painful to the touch.

British Dictionary definitions for manubrium


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 for manubrium

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


"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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manubrium 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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