[ zif-uh-stur-nuh m ]
/ ˌzɪf əˈstɜr nəm /

noun, plural xiph·i·ster·na [zif-uh-stur-nuh] /ˌzɪf əˈstɜr nə/. Anatomy.

the lowermost of the three segments of the sternum.Compare gladiolus(def 2), manubrium(def 2a).

Origin of xiphisternum

1855–60; < New Latin xiphi- (combining form of Greek xíphos sword) + sternum sternum

OTHER WORDS FROM xiphisternum

xiph·i·ster·nal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for 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

/ (ˌzɪfɪˈstɜːnəm) /

noun plural -na (-nə)

anatomy zoology the cartilaginous process forming the lowermost part of the breastbone (sternum)Also called: xiphoid, xiphoid process
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Medical definitions for xiphisternal

[ zĭf′ĭ-stûrnəm ]


xiphoid process

Other words from xiphisternum

xiph′i•sternal adj.
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