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Xiphisternum


Xiph′i-ster′num

,
Noun.
;
pl.
Xiphisterna
.
[NL., fr. Gr.
ξίφοσ
a sword +
sternum
.]
(Anat.)
(a)
The posterior segment, or extremity, of the sternum; – sometimes called
metasternum
,
ensiform cartilage
,
ensiform process
, or
xiphoid process
.
(b)
The xiphiplastron.
Xiph′i-ster′nal
Adj.

Definition 2021


xiphisternum

xiphisternum

English

Noun

xiphisternum (plural xiphisterna or xiphisternums)

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