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xiphoid

[zif-oid] /ˈzɪf ɔɪd/
adjective
1.
Anatomy, Zoology. sword-shaped; ensiform.
noun
2.
the xiphisternum.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; < Neo-Latin xiphoīdēs < Greek xiphoeidḗs swordlike, equivalent to xíph(os) sword + -oeidēs -oid
Related forms
postxiphoid, adjective
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xiphoid

/ˈzɪfɔɪd/
adjective
1.
(biology) shaped like a sword
2.
of or relating to the xiphisternum
noun
3.
Also called xiphoid process Another name for xiphisternum
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, from Greek, from xiphos sword + eidos form
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Word Origin and History for postxiphoid

xiphoid

adj.

1851, from xiphias "swordfish" + -oid.

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postxiphoid in Medicine

xiphoid xiph·oid (zĭf'oid')
adj.
Sword-shaped.

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