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

  • adj. Shaped like a sword.
  • adj. Of or relating to the xiphisternum.
  • n. See xiphisternum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Shaped like a sword, ensiform.
  • adj. Of, or relating to the xiphisternum.
  • n. The xiphoid process.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like a sword; ensiform.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the xiphoid process; xiphoidian.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Shaped like or resembling a sword; ensiform.
  • The telson of a crustacean, as the king-crab. See cut under horseshoe-crab.
  • n. The ensiform or xiphoid cartilage in man, or its representative in other animals. See xiphisternum, 1.


Greek xiphoeidēs : xiphos, sword + -oeidēs, -oid.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ξιφοειδής (xiphoeidēs). (Wiktionary)


  • Feel just beneath the sternum and find a tiny bone called xiphoid process.

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  • The lump turned out to be a normal part of his sternum (breastbone), a small piece of cartilage called the xiphoid.

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  • I'm guessing most people don't know where their xiphoid is and, fortunately, it doesn't come up much in conversation.

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  • Another diagonal slash ran from the left shoulder and met the first slash at the xiphoid.


  • One slash ran from the right shoulder, diagonally through the breast, to the xiphoid process.


  • Using the bony protrusion of the xiphoid process as her landmark, she pierced the skin and angled the needle tip straight toward the heart.

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  • Sense how your collarbone connects to your sternum, how it continues down to the xiphoid process, and how your ribs extend down to your waist.

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  • Well, now that you know where your xiphoid process is, how about putting it back to work?

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  • From your xiphoid, trace your rib cage as it continues down.

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  • The impulse of the right ventricle, F, has been noticed occasionally as corresponding to a point somewhat above the middle of the sternum and the intercostal space between the fourth and fifth left costal cartilages; while in other instances its beating was observable as low down as an inch or more below the xiphoid cartilage, and these variations have existed in a state of health.

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