xiphoid

[zif-oid]
adjective
1.
Anatomy, Zoology. sword-shaped; ensiform.
noun
2.
the xiphisternum.

Origin:
1740–50; < Neo-Latin xiphoīdēs < Greek xiphoeidḗs swordlike, equivalent to xíph(os) sword + -oeidēs -oid

postxiphoid, adjective
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xiphoid (ˈzɪfɔɪd)
 
adj
1.  biology shaped like a sword
2.  of or relating to the xiphisternum
 
n
3.  Another name for xiphisternum Also called: xiphoid process
 
[C18: from New Latin, from Greek, from xiphos sword + eidos form]

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

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Example sentences
Plane through joint between body and xiphoid process of sternum.
The junction between the body of the sternum and the xiphoid process is on the level of the tenth thoracic vertebra.
The xiphoid process is formed by a backward extension of the sternal plates.
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