Definitions for xiphisternumˌzɪf əˈstɜr nəm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

xiph•i•ster•num*ˌzɪf əˈstɜr nəm(n.)(pl.)-na

  1. the lowermost segment of the sternum.

    Category: Anatomy

* (-nə)..

Origin of xiphisternum:

1855–60; < NL xiphi- (comb. form of Gk xíphos sword) +sternumsternum



  1. xiphisternum(Noun)

    The xiphoid process, a small cartilaginous extension to the lower part of the sternum, usually ossified in the adult human.

  2. Origin: + -i- (in place of the etymologically consistent -o-) + sternum

Webster Dictionary

  1. Xiphisternum(noun)

    the posterior segment, or extremity, of the sternum; -- sometimes called metasternum, ensiform cartilage, ensiform process, or xiphoid process

  2. Xiphisternum(noun)

    the xiphiplastron


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