breastbone

noun
breast·bone | \ˈbres(t)-ˌbōn \

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The bricks fractured his breastbone, bruised his head and broke his ribs. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Collapse: The rise and deadly fall of a Baltimore rowhouse," 12 July 2018 Follow the breastbone to carve the breast, using the cartilage as a guide for your knife. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "The Easiest Roast Chicken You'll Ever Make," 19 Feb. 2018 There would traditionally be a large scar from the breastbone to the naval, and if done through the chest, there would be incisions between the ribs. Trihealth, Cincinnati.com, "Larry’s robotic surgery: life-saving for him, milestone for TriHealth," 2 May 2018 Verano said the children’s skeletons contained lesions on their breastbones, which were probably made by a ceremonial knife. Washington Post, "Archaeologists find ancient mass child sacrifice in Peru," 30 Apr. 2018 Verano said the children's skeletons contained lesions on their breastbones, which were probably made by a ceremonial knife. NBC News, "Ancient remains of 140 sacrificed children found in northern Peru," 28 Apr. 2018 Follow the breastbone to carve the breast, using the cartilage as a guide for your knife. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "The Easiest Roast Chicken You'll Ever Make," 19 Feb. 2018 Researchers were also able to see that the chick’s sternum, or breastbone, was largely made of cartilage and had not hardened into solid bone. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "127-Million-Year-Old Baby Bird Fossil Offers Peek Into Ancient Avian Development," 6 Mar. 2018 The cancer was found on his face and near his breastbone. Washington Post, "Hogan to undergo procedure to treat skin cancer," 1 Feb. 2018

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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breastbone

noun

English Language Learners Definition of breastbone

: a flat, narrow bone in the middle of the chest to which the ribs are connected

breastbone

noun
breast·bone | \ˈbrest-ˈbōn \

Kids Definition of breastbone

: a flat narrow bone in the middle of the chest to which the ribs are connected

breastbone

noun
breast·bone | \ˈbres(t)-ˈbōn, -ˌbōn \

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