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- adjective Shaped like a sword, as the leaf of an iris.
from The Century Dictionary.
- In botany and zoology, sword-shaped; straight, sharp on both edges, and tapering to a point; xiphoid; ensate: as, an ensiform leaf or organ.
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- adjective Having the form of a sword blade; sword-shaped.
- adjective (Anat.) See
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- adjective shaped like a
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- adjective shaped like a sword blade
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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.
Complete motor and sensory paralysis below ensiform cartilage, with well-marked hyperæsthetic zone around trunk.
Anceps: two-edged; similar to ensiform, q.v. Ancestral: primitive; inherited from an earlier form or ancestor.
-- _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.
(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.
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.
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.
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).