Anatomy, Zoology. a bone or series of bones extending along the middle line of the ventral portion of the body of most vertebrates, consisting in humans of a flat, narrow bone connected with the clavicles and the true ribs; breastbone.
the ventral surface of a body segment of an arthropod.
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How to use sternum in a sentence
I slipped in and started to swim as best I could with a sternum that had been hacked apart a month before.Open-Water Swimming and Other Acts of Civil Disobedience | jversteegh | August 25, 2021 | Outside Online
It’s lightweight and features chest and sternum straps that make it very possible to fish with it on your back all day even if you’re actively chasing fish.
I fractured my sternum, broke some ribs, collapsed my right lung, and broke my left thumb.
Diana Taurasi cannot come back from her sternum injury soon enough for Sandy Brondello’s team.
I dug my knees into the dirt, overlapped my hands, and placed the heel of my right hand on the monk’s sternum.
He lifted his t-shirt and showed us a long scar, running from sternum to waistband.
The point of the weapon was concealed by the sternum that it had penetrated with such surprising force.The Black and White Men Who Saved Martin Luther King’s Life | Michael Daly | January 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then you get a gander at the full monty, as it were, and he looks like someone inflated him from the sternum down.
He considers it the usual crazy talk until one night when his sternum is nearly crushed by a snarling, otherworldly apparition.A New ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’: Victor LaValle’s ‘The Devil in Silver’ | Drew Toal | August 31, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The indifferent pole is applied over the sternum or other convenient point.
This pouch, placed above the sternum, extends beneath the arm-holes, and communicates with the larynx.The Desert World | Arthur Mangin
A blister was then applied to the sternum, and six grains of calomel given in the evening.An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses | William Withering
On the 15th of November a blister was laid over the sternum, and ʒiss of oxymel scillitic.An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses | William Withering
But when we come to the determination of the sternum in fishes, difficulties abound, which Geoffroy solves in the following way.Form and Function | E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
British Dictionary definitions for sternum
(in man) a long flat vertical bone, situated in front of the thorax, to which are attached the collarbone and the first seven pairs of ribs: Nontechnical name: breastbone
the corresponding part in many other vertebrates
- sternal, adjective
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Scientific definitions for sternum
A long, flat bone located in the center of the chest, serving as a support for the collarbone and ribs. Also called breastbone See more at skeleton.
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