Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having that form of chest in which the costal cartilages are carried inward and the sternum is thrown forward, so that the thorax resembles somewhat that of a carinate bird. In pathology it is characteristic of rickets.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having a narrow, projecting chest, caused by forward curvature of the vertebral column.
- adj. having a chest deformity marked by a projecting breastbone caused by infantile rickets
“Then another barrister rose — a chicken-breasted little man, wearing gold pince-nez.”
“A chicken-breasted chest is seen in Pott's disease of the spine, and to some extent in bad cases of enlargement of the tonsillar tissue; a "violin-shaped" chest in rickets; a bulging of one side in pleurisy with fluid; and a long, narrow chest, with a general flattening of the upper part, in older children predisposed to consumption.”
“The other man was narrow and chicken-breasted, his long legs weak, his smile a smirk, his pronunciation so affected that we disgraced him because we blundered from pure lack of comprehension.”
“_If a child be either chicken-breasted, or if he be narrow-chested, are there any means of expanding and of strengthening his chest_?”
“And by a pack of base boors, by a puny, cream-faced, chicken-breasted, outlandish starveling, have I been robbed of it.”
“John has his own tent somewhere, I don’t know where, probably living with his chicken-breasted baby redhead.”
“(making a guttural sound as if of execration) 'he (viz. the said Scotsman) was so chicken-breasted.”
“I wisht I'd 'a' had him runnin 'the' Guzzuh 'instead of that little chicken-breasted chaffer they three-shelled on to me in Los Angeles.”
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