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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  • xiphisternum — [zif΄ə stʉr′nəm] n. pl. xiphisterna [zif΄ə stʉr′nə] [ModL < Gr xiphos, sword + ModL sternum, STERNUM] Anat. Zool. the cartilaginous process at the lowermost end of the sternum xiphisternal adj …   English World dictionary

  • xiphisternum — Xiphiplastron Xiph i*plas tron, n.; pl. {Xiphiplastra}. [NL., fr. Gr. xi fos a sword + plastron.] (Anat.) The posterior, or fourth, lateral plate in the plastron of turtles; called also {xiphisternum}. [1913 Webster] …   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 — noun The xiphoid process, a small cartilaginous extension to the lower part of the sternum, usually ossified in the adult human …   Wiktionary

  • xiphisternum — SYN: xiphoid process. [xiphoid + G. sternon, chest] * * * xi·phi·ster·num .zī fə stər nəm, .zif ə n, pl na nə XIPHOID PROCESS * * * n. see xiphoid process * * * xiphi·ster·n …   Medical dictionary

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

  • xiphisternum — [ˌzɪfɪ stə:nəm] noun Anatomy another term for xiphoid process. Origin C19: from Gk xiphos sword + sternum …   English new terms dictionary

  • xiphisternum — xiphi·sternum …   English syllables

  • xiphisternum — n.; see xiphoid process …   The new mediacal dictionary

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