sternum

[ster┬Ěnum]

Your sternum is your breastbone, the flat plate at the top of your rib cage. Mammals and birds and even arachnids, or spiders have a sternum.

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A plate of cartilage, or a series of bony or cartilaginous plates or segments, in the median line of the pectoral skeleton of most vertebrates above fishes; the breastbone.

Noun
the flat bone that articulates with the clavicles and the first seven pairs of ribs


n.
A plate of cartilage, or a series of bony or cartilaginous plates or segments, in the median line of the pectoral skeleton of most vertebrates above fishes; the breastbone.

n.
The ventral part of any one of the somites of an arthropod.


Sternum

Ster"num , n.; pl. L. Sterna , E. Sternums . [NL., from Gr. , the breast, chest.] 1. (Anat.) A plate of cartilage, or a series of bony or cartilaginous plates or segments, in the median line of the pectoral skeleton of most vertebrates above fishes; the breastbone. &hand; The sternum is connected with the ribs or the pectorial girdle, or with both. In man it is a flat bone, broad anteriorly, narrowed behind, and connected with the clavicles and the cartilages of the seven anterior pairs of ribs. In most birds it has a high median keel for the attachment of the muscles of the wings. 2. (Zo'94l.) The ventral part of any one of the somites of an arthropod.

A plate of cartilage, or a series of bony or cartilaginous plates or segments, in the median line of the pectoral skeleton of most vertebrates above fishes; the breastbone.

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