xiphisternum definition by Webster's New World
noun pl. xiphisterna
Anat., Zool. the cartilaginous process at the lowermost end of the sternum
Origin: Modern Latin ; from Classical Greek xiphos, sword plush Modern Latin sternum, sternum
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- xiphisternal adjective
xiphisternum definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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noun pl. xiph·i·ster·na
The posterior and smallest of the three divisions of the sternum, below the gladiolus and the manubrium. Also called xiphoid, xiphoid process.
Origin: Greek xiphos, sword + sternum.