Definition of sternum
: a compound ventral bone or cartilage of most vertebrates other than fishes that connects the ribs or the shoulder girdle or both and in humans consists of the manubrium, gladiolus, and xiphoid process —called also breastbone
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One large sheath of muscle that runs from your sternum to the bottom of your pelvis, the rectus abdominis sits atop the rest of your core muscles and directly below your skin, making it the most visible muscle to make up your middle, McCall says.
Alex Wood is resting his inflamed sternum on the disabled list.
Some especially keen spatchcockers will also carve out the keel bone in the center of the bird’s sternum to get an even flatter bird.
With Alex Wood on the disabled list, resting for 10 days after experienced inflammation in his sternum, Ryu will start Wednesday against the Cardinals, manager Dave Roberts confirmed before Tuesday’s game at Busch Stadium.
Tunsil took three steps backwards, planted his feet and jabbed a forearm into Charles Harris’ sternum so hard that the rookie was instantly immobilized.
Maymi tried a sternum rub on the man, checked for a pulse and signs of breathing, all with no response, the release said.
The cause of death was a shot through the sternum that struck the aorta and lodged in the spine.
Webb then stabbed Wagner as many as seven times in the stomach and sternum before Wagner and several other employees tackled him and beat him, the Oregonian reported.
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Medical Definition of sternum
: a compound ventral bone or cartilage that lies in the median central part of the body of most vertebrates above fishes and that in humans is about seven inches (18 centimeters) long, consists in the adult of three parts, and connects with the clavicles and the cartilages of the upper seven pairs of ribs—called also breastbone
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