xiphisternum

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Etymology[edit]

Ancient Greek ξίφος (ksíphos, sword) + English -i- (in place of the etymologically consistent -o-) + English sternum

Noun[edit]

xiphisternum (plural xiphisterna)

  1. The xiphoid process, a small cartilaginous extension to the lower part of the sternum, usually ossified in the adult human.