xiphoid process


xiphoid process

noun

Definition of XIPHOID PROCESS

:  the third and lowest segment of the human sternum

First Known Use of XIPHOID PROCESS

1873

xiphoid process

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of XIPHOID PROCESS

: the smallest and lowest division of the human sternum that is cartilaginous early in life but becomes more or less ossified during adulthood—called also ensiform cartilage, ensiform process

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