hypocleidium

noun
hy·​po·​clei·​di·​um
plural hypocleidia\ -​ēə \

Definition of hypocleidium 

: a median process on the wishbone of many birds often connected with the sternum by a ligament or ossified with it

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History and Etymology for hypocleidium

New Latin, from hypo- + Greek kleidion small key, diminutive ofkleid-, kleis key, hook, clavicle

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