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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Many of the models were heaped with backpacks worn high on the back that pushed the sternum forward. Vogue, "The Top 12 Collections of the Fall 2019 Menswear Season," 23 Jan. 2019 Abigail had bruising on her stomach area from her sternum to waistband, and bruising on her back from mid-back to upper buttocks, reportedly caused by Jen Hart (according to Abigail). Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 5: 'Owies'," 8 Jan. 2019 Beyond the Shoulder Duster The pendant earring remains a jewelry box staple, but it’s been maximized this season, and extended to graze sternums and even ribs. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Fresh From the Spring 2019 Runways, 7 New Jewelry Trends and How to Wear Them," 15 Oct. 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. 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. 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. 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

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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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