of or relating to the sternum.

Nearby words

  1. stern-,
  2. stern-chaser,
  3. stern-drive,
  4. stern-wheel,
  5. stern-wheeler,
  6. sternal angle,
  7. sternal line,
  8. sternal muscle,
  9. sternal plane,
  10. sternal puncture

Origin of sternal

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

Related formspost·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




Of, relating to, or occurring near the sternum.

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