breast·​bone ˈbres(t)-ˌbōn How to pronounce breastbone (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Barbell and straight dumbbell presses don’t emphasize the fibers nearest your breastbone. Mitch Calvert, Men's Health, 28 Nov. 2022 The surgeons had made the long incision down the middle of the child’s chest, cut the breastbone to spread the rib cage and reach the heart when the lights went out at the Heart Institute in Kyiv. Oleg Matsnev Marc Santora Thomas Gibbons-neff Alan Rappeport Marc Santora Richard Pérez-peña John Ismay Gaia Pianigiani Andrew Higgins, New York Times, 24 Nov. 2022 There were special-occasion meals, such as turkey meatloaf, in which Maris would remove the skin from a fresh turkey, carve the flesh off the bone, grind it with spices, press the ground meat back on the breastbone and cover it with skin. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2022 Continue slicing down, following the curvature of the bone and keeping your knife as close to the side of the breastbone as possible for maximum turkey meat and minimal waste. Julie Harans, Bon Appétit, 11 Oct. 2022 Shura felt something like a tremor in her breastbone. Sana Krasikov, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2022 In this case, rescuers should place two fingers on the breastbone and apply a sharp thrusting pressure until the person stops choking. Fox News, 6 July 2022 Recently, after 13 months, says that an osteopath diagnosed her with costochondritis, or inflammation of the cartilage that connects the ribs to the breastbone., 5 May 2022 Inflammation of where the ribs and breastbone meet the cartilage (costochondritis) is one common cause. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 14 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of breastbone was before the 12th century

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“Breastbone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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breast·​bone ˈbres(t)-ˈbōn How to pronounce breastbone (audio)

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breast·​bone ˈbres(t)-ˈbōn, -ˌbōn How to pronounce breastbone (audio)

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