[ stur-nl ]
/ ˈstɜr nl /


of or relating to the sternum.

Origin of sternal

From the New Latin word sternālis, dating back to 1750–60. See sternum, -al1

Related forms

post·ster·nal, adjectivesub·ster·nal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Medicine definitions for sternal


[ stûrnəl ]


Of, relating to, or occurring near the sternum.

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