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

Examples of breastbone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hands On Time: 20 mins Total Time: 5 hrs Servings: 4 St. Louis ribs are cut from a pig's belly, underneath the breastbone. Jessica Harlan, Southern Living, 13 May 2024 If the airway is still blocked, use your second and third fingers and give five inward and upward thrusts into the child's chest, about ½ to 1½ inches into the child's breastbone. James Powel, USA TODAY, 5 Feb. 2024 Waters pushed up his sweaty T-shirt to expose his chest and began briskly pushing on his breastbone. Helen Ouyang, New York Times, 27 Mar. 2024 Heartburn is pain, discomfort or a burning sensation felt at the bottom of one's throat or in one's upper chest − usually just behind the breastbone. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2024 This feeling rises from behind the breastbone to the bottom of the throat. Mark Gurarie, Health, 15 Feb. 2024 Press firmly against the breastbone with the heel of your hand. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 7 Oct. 2023 Press against breastbone: Turn chicken breast side up, and open the underside of chicken like a book. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 28 Nov. 2023 The force of compressions can shatter ribs and breastbones, puncture lungs, bruise the heart, and cause major blood vessels to rupture. Sunita Puri, The New Yorker, 5 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Breastbone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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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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