xiphoid

[zif-oid]
noun
  1. the xiphisternum.

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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British Dictionary definitions for xiphoid

xiphoid

adjective
  1. biology shaped like a sword
  2. of or relating to the xiphisternum
noun
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for xiphoid
adj.

1851, from xiphias "swordfish" + -oid.

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xiphoid in Medicine

xiphoid

[zĭfoid′]
adj.
  1. Sword-shaped.
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