Xiphisterna
Xiphisternum Xiph"i*ster"num, n.; pl. {Xiphisterna}. [NL., fr. Gr. xi`fos 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}a. [1913 Webster]

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  • xiphisterna — n. lower sternum (Anatomy) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ensiform cartilage — Xiphisternum Xiph i*ster num, n.; pl. {Xiphisterna}. [NL., fr. Gr. xi fos a sword + sternum.] (Anat.) (a) The posterior segment, or extremity, of the sternum; sometimes called {metasternum}, {ensiform cartilage}, {ensiform process}, or {xiphoid… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ensiform process — Xiphisternum Xiph i*ster num, n.; pl. {Xiphisterna}. [NL., fr. Gr. xi fos a sword + sternum.] (Anat.) (a) The posterior segment, or extremity, of the sternum; sometimes called {metasternum}, {ensiform cartilage}, {ensiform process}, or {xiphoid… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • metasternum — Xiphisternum Xiph i*ster num, n.; pl. {Xiphisterna}. [NL., fr. Gr. xi fos a sword + sternum.] (Anat.) (a) The posterior segment, or extremity, of the sternum; sometimes called {metasternum}, {ensiform cartilage}, {ensiform process}, or {xiphoid… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Xiphisternal — Xiphisternum Xiph i*ster num, n.; pl. {Xiphisterna}. [NL., fr. Gr. xi fos a sword + sternum.] (Anat.) (a) The posterior segment, or extremity, of the sternum; sometimes called {metasternum}, {ensiform cartilage}, {ensiform process}, or {xiphoid… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Xiphisternum — Xiph i*ster num, n.; pl. {Xiphisterna}. [NL., fr. Gr. xi fos 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • xiphoid process — Xiphisternum Xiph i*ster num, n.; pl. {Xiphisterna}. [NL., fr. Gr. xi fos a sword + sternum.] (Anat.) (a) The posterior segment, or extremity, of the sternum; sometimes called {metasternum}, {ensiform cartilage}, {ensiform process}, or {xiphoid… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • xiphisternum — noun (plural xiphisterna) Etymology: New Latin, from Greek xiphos sword + New Latin sternum Date: circa 1860 xiphoid process …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • xiphisternum — xiphisternal, adj. /zif euh sterr neuhm/, n., pl. xiphisterna / neuh/. Anat. the lowermost of the three segments of the sternum. Cf. gladiolus (def. 2), manubrium (def. 2a). [1855 60; < NL xiphi (comb. form of Gk xíphos sword) + sternum STERNUM] …   Universalium

  • xiphisternum — /zɪfəˈstɜnəm/ (say zifuh sternuhm) noun (plural xiphisterna /zɪfəˈstɜnə/ (say zifuh sternuh)) Anatomy, Zoology the hindmost (or, in humans, the lowermost) segment or division of the sternum. {xiphi (combining form representing Greek xiphos sword) …   Australian English dictionary

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