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xiphisternum

[zif-uh-stur-nuh m]
noun, plural xiph·i·ster·na [zif-uh-stur-nuh] /ˌzɪf əˈstɜr nə/. Anatomy.
  1. the lowermost of the three segments of the sternum.Compare gladiolus(def 2), manubrium(def 2a).
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Origin of xiphisternum

1855–60; < New Latin xiphi- (combining form of Greek xíphos sword) + sternum sternum
Related formsxiph·i·ster·nal, adjective
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Historical Examples of xiphisternal

  • The last pair of sternal ribs are attached to the preceding pair, not to the xiphisternal horns.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds


British Dictionary definitions for xiphisternal

xiphisternum

noun plural -na (-nə)
  1. anatomy zoology the cartilaginous process forming the lowermost part of the breastbone (sternum)Also called: xiphoid, xiphoid process
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xiphisternal in Medicine

xiphisternum

(zĭf′ĭ-stûrnəm)
n.
  1. xiphoid process
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Related formsxiph′i•sternal adj.
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