xiphoid

[ zif-oid ]
/ ˈzɪf ɔɪd /

adjective

Anatomy, Zoology. sword-shaped; ensiform.

noun

the xiphisternum.

Origin of xiphoid

1740–50; < New Latin xiphoīdēs < Greek xiphoeidḗs swordlike, equivalent to xíph(os) sword + -oeidēs -oid

Related forms

post·xiph·oid, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for xiphoid

xiphoid

/ (ˈzɪfɔɪd) /

adjective

biology shaped like a sword
of or relating to the xiphisternum

noun

Also called: xiphoid process Another name for xiphisternum

Word Origin for xiphoid

C18: from New Latin, from Greek, from xiphos sword + eidos form
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Medicine definitions for xiphoid

xiphoid

[ zĭfoid′ ]

adj.

Sword-shaped.
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