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sternum

sternum, gen. sterni, pl. sterna (ster´num, -nI, -na) [NA]

A long flat bone, articulating with the cartilages of the first seven ribs and with the clavicle, forming the middle part of the anterior wall of the thorax; it consists of three portions: the corpus or body, the manubrium, and the xiphoid process.breast bone; [Mod. L. fr. G. sternon, the chest]

 

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