sternum
noun (plural sternums or sterna) Etymology: New Latin, from Greek sternon chest, breastbone; akin to Old High German stirna forehead, Latin sternere to spread out — more at strew Date: 1667 a compound ventral bone or cartilage of most vertebrates other than fishes that connects the ribs or the shoulder girdle or both and in humans consists of the manubrium, gladiolus, and xiphoid process — called also breastbone

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  • sternum — [ stɛrnɔm ] n. m. • 1555; lat. méd., gr. sternon ♦ Os plat, allongé, situé au milieu de la face antérieure du thorax, s articulant avec les sept premières paires de côtes et, par son segment supérieur (⇒ manubrium), avec les deux clavicules.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Sternum — Ster num, n.; pl. L. {Sterna}, E. {Sternums}. [NL., from Gr. ?, the breast, chest.] 1. (Anat.) A plate of cartilage, or a series of bony or cartilaginous plates or segments, in the median line of the pectoral skeleton of most vertebrates above… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sternum — (lat., v. gr.), s. Brustbein …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Sternum — (lat.), das Brustbein …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Sternum — (lat.), das Brustbein (s. Brust) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Sternum — Sternum, lat., das Brustbein …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Sternum — Sternum, 1) Brustbein der Wirbeltiere; 2) ventraler Bereich eines Segments des Insektenkörpers …   Deutsch wörterbuch der biologie

  • sternum — 1660s, from Gk. sternon chest, breast, breastbone (in Homer, only of males), from PIE *stre to to stretch, extend, from a root meaning flat surface, related to stornynai to spread out (see STRUCTURE (Cf. structure)), on the notion of the chest as …   Etymology dictionary

  • sternum — stèrnum m DEFINICIJA anat. široka, plosnata kost, s prednje strane zatvara prsni koš i spaja prednje krajeve gornjih 7 rebara; prsna kost ETIMOLOGIJA nlat. ← grč. stérnon: prsa …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • sternum — ► NOUN (pl. sternums or sterna) ▪ the breastbone. ORIGIN Greek sternon chest …   English terms dictionary

  • sternum — [stʉr′nəm] n. pl. sternums or sterna [ModL < Gr sternon, the breastbone < IE base * ster , to spread out, STREW] a thin, flat structure of bone and cartilage to which most of the ribs are attached in the front of the chest in most… …   English World dictionary

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