Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In anatomy, of the nature of the xiphisternum, or last sterneber of the sternum; pertaining to the xiphisternum; ensiform or xiphoid, as a cartilage or bone of the breast-bone.
- In Chelonia, xiphiplastral. See cuts under Chelonia and plastron.
- adj. of, or relating to the xiphisternum
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