from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or near the sternum.

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  • adj. Of, relating to, or near the sternum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the sternum; in the region of the sternum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the sternum, especially the breast-bone of vertebrates: as, the sternal end of the clavicle; the sternal keel of a bird's breast-bone; sternal articulation; a sternal segment.
  • In Invertebrata, of or pertaining to a sternite; sternitic.
  • Ventral; hemal; on the ventral surface or aspect, where the sternum is situated; on the same side with the sternum; in man, anterior; in other animals, inferior: opposed to dorsal, tergal, or neural.
  • The hemapophysis of a rib, as distinguished from the pleurapophysis; that part of a bony jointed rib answering to the costal cartilage of a mammalian rib, reaching from the end of the pleurapophysis to the sternum or toward it, as distinguished from a vertebral rib, which is the pleurapophysis alone. See cuts under epipleura and interclavicle.

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  • adj. of or relating to or near the sternum


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sternum +‎ -al


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  • “Failed union of these side-by-side centers results in an anomaly known as a sternal foramen.”

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  • —The ventral ends of the ribs become united to one another by a longitudinal bar termed the sternal plate, and opposite the first seven pairs of ribs these sternal plates fuse in the middle line to form the manubrium and body of the sternum.

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  • MAKARY: Most stab wounds to the chest actually don ` t involve the heart, it ` s well protected by the sternal bone.

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  • After a vigorous sternal rub, I learned the man's airway was intact, he could move all extremities, open eyes, and mumble.

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  • If you think about it, the the thorax of a bird is a fairly rigid box, with that large sternal keel up front and short ribs—it's a wonder that they are able to get enough air from those tiny organs with relatively little capability for expanding and contracting the chest.

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  • In camels this watery swelling is often seen above the eyes and each side of the sternal pad.

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  • “Hail Mary, full of grace,” he muttered, and started up the sternal saw.


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