[zif-uh-stur-nuh m]

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


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


  1. xiphoid process
Related formsxiph′i•sternal adj.
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