- Anatomy, Zoology. sword-shaped; ensiform.
- the xiphisternum.
Origin of xiphoid
1740–50; < New Latin xiphoīdēs < Greek xiphoeidḗs swordlike, equivalent to xíph(os) sword + -oeidēs -oid
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Examples from the Web for xiphoid
It is usually accompanied with painful sensations near the xiphoid cartilage or behind the sternum, or sometimes in the pharynx.
The xiphoid appendix, which is cartilaginous, is attached to the extremity of a long process of the last bone of the sternum.Artistic Anatomy of Animals
The xiphoid cartilage is extraordinarily elongated into thin strips, which reach the pelvis and return.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
Two little girls were united from the xiphoid cartilage to the umbilicus.Curiosities of Medical Experience
J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
- biology shaped like a sword
- of or relating to the xiphisternum
- Also called: xiphoid process Another name for xiphisternum
C18: from New Latin, from Greek, from xiphos sword + eidos form
Word Origin and History for xiphoid
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