sternocleidomastoid

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sternocleidomastoid

[stur-noh-klahy-duh-mas-toid] Anatomy.
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or involving the sternum, the clavicle, and the mastoid process.
noun
2.
a thick muscle on each side of the neck, the action of which assists in bending the head and neck forward and sideways.

Origin:
1820–30; sterno- + Greek kleido-, combining form of kleís key, clavicle + mastoid

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sternocleidomastoid ster·no·clei·do·mas·toid (stûr'nō-klī'də-mās'toid)
adj.
Relating to or characterizing the sternum, the clavicle, and the mastoid process. n.
The sternocleidomastoid muscle.

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The scalene muscles and the sternocleidomastoid muscle were shortened on the left side.
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