xiphoid process


: the third and lowest segment of the human sternum

Examples of xiphoid process in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In children, the parts of the sternum are joined by flexible cartilage to accommodate growth, but slowly turn to bone, called xiphoid process. Get me that. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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 19 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

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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