breastbone


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breast·bone

 (brĕst′bōn′)
n.

breastbone

(ˈbrɛstˌbəʊn)
n
(Anatomy) the nontechnical name for sternum

breast•bone

(ˈbrɛstˌboʊn)

n.
the sternum.
[before 1000]

breast·bone

(brĕst′bōn′)
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.breastbone - the flat bone that articulates with the clavicles and the first seven pairs of ribsbreastbone - the flat bone that articulates with the clavicles and the first seven pairs of ribs
bone, os - rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates
corpus sternum, gladiolus - the large central part of the breastbone
manubrium - the upper part of the breastbone
xiphoid process - smallest of the three parts of the breastbone; articulates with the corpus sternum and the seventh rib
chest, pectus, thorax - the part of the human torso between the neck and the diaphragm or the corresponding part in other vertebrates
axial skeleton - the part of the skeleton that includes the skull and spinal column and sternum and ribs

breastbone

noun
Related words
technical name sternum
Translations
hrudní kost
rintalasta
bringubein

breastbone

[ˈbrestbəʊn] Nesternón m

breastbone

breast bone [ˈbrɛstbəʊn] n (= sternum) → sternum mbreast cancer ncancer m du sein

breastbone

[ˈbrɛstˌbəʊn] nsterno

breastbone

n. esternón.

breastbone

esternón m (form), hueso del pecho
References in classic literature ?
Giles Hicks, living but a short distance from where I used to live, murdered my wife's cousin, a young girl between fifteen and six- teen years of age, mangling her person in the most horrible manner, breaking her nose and breastbone with a stick, so that the poor girl expired in a few hours afterward.
I should have died even then but for that as my sword was tight wedged in the breastbone of a Dator of the First Born.
There are twelve ribs, you know, and the two lower ones are called floating ribs, because they are not fastened to the breastbone.
And tilting his head know- ingly, he tapped his breastbone to indicate that she had a good heart: not hard, not fierce, open to com- passion, charitable to the poor!
And after pointing below his breastbone, he made a hard wringing motion with his hands.
And I struck him in the throat above the breastbone.
A biopsy indicated the mass was malignant and a bone scan indicated the cancer had spread to his breastbone, ribs and spinal cord.
5-centimeter (12-inch) incision from neck to abdomen, then saws into the breastbone and cracks open the ribcage to expose the heart.
Then, from the top of the bird, cut between the breastbone and the meat along the length of the breast, angling the knife down, parallel to the carcass, to meet the first cut.
Circulation - check for pulse; if there isn't one take the heel of both hands and press down on the breastbone at a rate of one compression a second; continue until paramedics arrive.
As soon as the breastbone is reached, drop the point just beneath and pass it under the breastbone.
The chest pain, which is caused by reduced blood flow to the heart, typically occurs behind the breastbone and may travel down your left arm or up your neck, or be a squeezing, pressing sensation that does not change with breathing.