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xiphoid

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

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

OTHER WORDS FROM xiphoid

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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Medical definitions for xiphoid

xiphoid
[ zĭfoid′ ]

adj.
Sword-shaped.
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