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xiphisternum

[zif-uh-stur-nuh m]
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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

  • Between the last sternebra and the xiphisternum two pairs articulate.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The xiphisternum generally ends in an expanded plate of cartilage.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • Further back is the long sternum proper, while last comes the xiphisternum, a broad expanded plate of cartilage.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The last segment or xiphisternum (fig. 76, 4) is long and narrow, and terminates in a flattened expanded plate of cartilage.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • In Manis macrura the xiphisternum is drawn out into a pair of cartilaginous processes about nine inches long.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds


British Dictionary definitions for xiphisternum

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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xiphisternum in Medicine

xiphisternum

(zĭf′ĭ-stûrnəm)
Related formsxiph′i•sternal adj.