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xiphoid

[zif-oid]
adjective
  1. Anatomy, Zoology. sword-shaped; ensiform.
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noun
  1. the xiphisternum.
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Origin of xiphoid

1740–50; < New Latin xiphoīdēs < Greek xiphoeidḗs swordlike, equivalent to xíph(os) sword + -oeidēs -oid
Related formspost·xiph·oid, adjective
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Examples from the Web for xiphoid

Historical Examples

  • It is usually accompanied with painful sensations near the xiphoid cartilage or behind the sternum, or sometimes in the pharynx.

    A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II

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  • The xiphoid appendix, which is cartilaginous, is attached to the extremity of a long process of the last bone of the sternum.

  • The xiphoid cartilage is extraordinarily elongated into thin strips, which reach the pelvis and return.

  • Two little girls were united from the xiphoid cartilage to the umbilicus.

    Curiosities of Medical Experience

    J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen


British Dictionary definitions for xiphoid

xiphoid

adjective
  1. biology shaped like a sword
  2. of or relating to the xiphisternum
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noun
  1. Also called: xiphoid process Another name for xiphisternum
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Word Origin

C18: from New Latin, from Greek, from xiphos sword + eidos form
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Word Origin and History for xiphoid

adj.

1851, from xiphias "swordfish" + -oid.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

xiphoid in Medicine

xiphoid

(zĭfoid′)
adj.
  1. Sword-shaped.
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