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xiphisternum

[ zif-uh-stur-nuhm ]
/ ˌzɪf əˈstɜr nəm /
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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).
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Origin of xiphisternum

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

OTHER WORDS FROM xiphisternum

xiph·i·ster·nal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for xiphisternum

xiphisternum
/ (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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