Origin of xiphisternum
1855–60; < New Latin xiphi- (combining form of Greek xíphos sword) + sternum sternum
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The last pair of sternal ribs are attached to the preceding pair, not to the xiphisternal horns.The Vertebrate Skeleton
Sidney H. Reynolds
- anatomy zoology the cartilaginous process forming the lowermost part of the breastbone (sternum)Also called: xiphoid, xiphoid process
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