xiphoid process

noun

Definition of xiphoid process

: the third and lowest segment of the human sternum

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1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Xiphoid process.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xiphoid%20process. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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xiphoid process

noun

Medical Definition of xiphoid process

: the smallest and lowest division of the human sternum that is cartilaginous early in life but becomes more or less ossified during adulthood

called also ensiform cartilage, ensiform process

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