Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The most posterior element of the sternum; the ensiform process; xiphisternum
  • n. The ventral plate of the third or last segment of the thorax of insects.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The most posterior element of the sternum; the ensiform process; xiphisternum.
  • n. The ventral plate of the third or last segment of the thorax of insects.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anatomy, the hindmost segment or last sterneber of the breast-bone; the xiphisternum, in man represented by the xiphoid cartilage or ensiform appendage.
  • n. In entomology, the sternite of the metathorax; the median part of the postpectus.

Etymologies

meta- +‎ sternum (Wiktionary)

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