sternum

noun
ster·​num | \ˈstər-nəm \
plural sternums or sterna\ ˈstər-​nə \

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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In November 2010, a teacher found bruises on Abigail, then 6, across her sternum to her belly button and from her mid-back down to the waist of her jeans, according to an Alexandria police report. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, chicagotribune.com, "As children begged for help, adoption system failed them," 13 July 2018 In November 2010, a teacher found bruises on Abigail, then 6, across her sternum to her belly button and from her mid-back down to the waist of her jeans, according to an Alexandria police report. Washington Post, "Abuse, neglect and a system that failed: The tragic lives of the Hart children," 12 July 2018 One of Rihanna's most famous pieces of ink includes the Egyptian Goddess Isis done on her sternum — and is often consciously positioned to peek out of her red carpet ensembles. refinery29.com, "This Rihanna-Approved Tattoo Trend Is On The Rise — & Perfect For Summer," 28 June 2018 Hadid wrote in a lengthy comment referring to Malik’s tattoo of her eyes underneath his sternum. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Gigi Hadid Says Her 'Baby' Zayn Malik Likes Her Sun Spots with Makeup-Free Photo," 10 July 2018 While driving home from a school football game last October, Coulapides was in a single-car accident that severed his spine, fractured his sternum and left him paralyzed from the chest down. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Elite adaptive surfers offer an ocean of possibilities," 29 June 2018 In December 2007, Dwight allegedly struck Connie and fractured her sternum. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "Scottsdale shooting suspect left divorce full of discord, YouTube channel full of grudges," 4 June 2018 But nothing has stuck with me as intensely or as deeply as an early scene of model/magazine editor/jewelry designer/bare sternum enthusiast Kelly Killoren Bensimon going for a run in front of a cab down the middle of Fifth Avenue. Alison Leiby, The Cut, "I Think About This a Lot: Kelly Bensimon Running Behind a Cab," 9 July 2018 Both girls were sharing a liver, sternum and diaphragm. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Twin Girls Who Were Conjoined at the Stomach Celebrate 2nd Birthday," 27 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of sternum

1667, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sternum

New Latin, from Greek sternon chest, breastbone; akin to Old High German stirna forehead, Latin sternere to spread out — more at strew

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sternum

noun
ster·​num | \ˈstər-nəm \
plural sternums or sterna\ -​nə \

Kids Definition of sternum

sternum

noun
ster·​num | \ˈstər-nəm \
plural sternums or sterna\ -​nə \

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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