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sternocleidomastoid

[stur-noh-klahy-duh-mas-toid] /ˌstɜr noʊˌklaɪ dəˈmæs tɔɪd/
adjective
1.
of, relating 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
1820-1830
1820-30; sterno- + Greek kleido-, combining form of kleís key, clavicle + mastoid
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  • The scalene muscles and the sternocleidomastoid muscle were shortened on the left side.
Word Origin and History for sternocleidomastoid

from sterno-, comb. form of Greek sternon or Latin sternum (see sternum) + Greek kleis (see clavicle) + mastoid.

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sternocleidomastoid in Medicine

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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