American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Shaped like a sword, as the leaf of an iris.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In botany and zoology, sword-shaped; straight, sharp on both edges, and tapering to a point; xiphoid; ensate: as, an ensiform leaf or organ.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. shaped like a sword blade
- Latin ensis ("sword") + -form (Wiktionary)
- Latin ēnsis, sword + -form. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“(Mauser), through the seventh left costal cartilage, 1 inch from the base of the ensiform cartilage; _exit_, below the twelfth rib 2 inches to the right of the lumbar spines.”
“Complete motor and sensory paralysis below ensiform cartilage, with well-marked hyperæsthetic zone around trunk.”
“Evidence of mediastinal hæmorrhage existed in the presence of subcutaneous discoloration of the abdominal wall, below the ensiform cartilage and extending slightly over the costal margin of the thorax.”
“Aperture of entry ragged, roughly circular, and 2 inches in diameter, with much-contused margins situated in the median line, nearly midway between the ensiform cartilage and umbilicus.”
“_Entry_ (Mauser), in the tenth right interspace 2 inches to the right of the dorsal spines; _exit_, through the gladiolus, immediately to the right of the median line, and just above the junction with the ensiform cartilage.”
“-- _Entry_ (Mauser), 1 inch below and to the left of the ensiform cartilage; _exit_, in the sixth right intercostal space, just behind the posterior axillary line.”
“Tracing it upwards, I found it to be constituted by a prolongation of the _ensiform cartilage of the sternum_, or extremity of the breast-bone.”
“Anceps: two-edged; similar to ensiform, q.v. Ancestral: primitive; inherited from an earlier form or ancestor.”
“Place the finger-tips about two inches below the ensiform cartilage and perform the shaking backward and upward.”
“Xiphoid Process (processus xiphoideus; ensiform or xiphoid appendix).”
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