sternum

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ster·num

 (stûr′nəm)
n. pl. ster·nums or ster·na (-nə)
1. A long flat bone in most vertebrates that is situated along the ventral midline of the thorax and articulates with the ribs. The manubrium of the sternum articulates with the clavicles in humans and certain other vertebrates. Also called breastbone.
2. The ventral portion of a body segment of an arthropod.

[New Latin, from Greek sternon, breast, breastbone; see ster- in Indo-European roots.]

sternum

(ˈstɜːnəm)
n, pl -na (-nə) or -nums
1. (Anatomy) (in man) a long flat vertical bone, situated in front of the thorax, to which are attached the collarbone and the first seven pairs of ribs. Nontechnical name: breastbone
2. (Zoology) the corresponding part in many other vertebrates
3. (Zoology) a cuticular plate covering the ventral surface of a body segment of an arthropod. Compare tergum
[C17: via New Latin from Greek sternon breastbone]
ˈsternal adj

ster•num

(ˈstɜr nəm)

n., pl. -na (-nə), -nums.
1. the bony plate or series of bones to which the ribs are attached anteriorly or ventrally in most vertebrates; breastbone.
2. the ventral surface of a body segment of an arthropod.
[1660–70; < New Latin < Greek stérnon chest, breastbone]

ster·num

(stûr′nəm)
A long, flat bone located in the center of the chest, serving as a support for the collarbone and ribs. Also called breastbone. See more at skeleton.

sternum

the breastbone
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sternum - the flat bone that articulates with the clavicles and the first seven pairs of ribssternum - 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
Translations

sternum

[ˈstɜːnəm] N (sternums or sterna (pl)) → esternón m

sternum

[ˈstɜːrnəm] nsternum m

sternum

nBrustbein nt, → Sternum nt (spec)

sternum

[ˈstɜːnəm] n (Anat) → sterno

sternum

n (pl -na) esternón m
References in classic literature ?
The poor little wretch had a wart on his left eye, his head placed directly on his shoulders, his spinal column was crooked, his breast bone prominent, and his legs bowed; but he appeared to be lively; and although it was impossible to say in what language he lisped, his cry indicated considerable force and health.
A parang swung close to Number Twelve, but his own, which he had now learned to wield with fearful effect, clove through the pursuing warrior's skull splitting him wide to the breast bone.
He saw the great sword swing through the arc of a great circle, gathering swift and terrific momentum from its own weight backed by the brawn of the steel thews that guided it; he saw it pass through the feathered skull of the Manatorian, splitting his sardonic grin in twain, and open him to the middle of his breast bone.
The cancerous cells can enter the lymphatic vessels of the breast and grow in the lymph nodes situated above and below the collarbone, under the breast bone.
Make sure that she is flat on her back on the floor | MSH: Yep | Operator 3: Place the heel of your hand on the breast bone in the centre of the chest right between the nipples | MSH: Yep | Operator 3: Push down about two inches with only the heel of one hand touching the chest.
Katrina, from Ballycastle, Co Antrim, said: "My consultant said I was lucky to have found the lump because it was on the inner side of the breast, towards the breast bone and was deep into the tissue.
Turn bird over and press down gently on breast bone, then splay quail open.
A 35-year-old woman in one of the vehicles struck by the suspect's car suffered a broken breast bone and a 30-year-old man in the other vehicle got a bruise to his arm.
Mr Whittaker suffered a fractured spine, breast bone and pelvis, cuts to his head and spleen, and bruising to his heart muscle.
Leeds Crown Court heard he was alleged to have been a passenger and had suffered a fractured breast bone.