Xiphisternum meaning

zĭfĭ-stûrnəm
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The cartilaginous process at the lowermost end of the sternum.
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The xiphoid process, a small cartilaginous extension to the lower part of the sternum, usually ossified in the adult human.
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Origin of xiphisternum

  • Greek xiphos sword sternum

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Ancient Greek ξίφος (xiphos, “sword") + English -i- (in place of the etymologically consistent -o-) + English sternum

    From Wiktionary