breast|bone [ˈbrestbəun US -boun] n
backbone, ↑breastbone, ↑collarbone, ↑kneecap, ↑pelvis, ↑skull, ↑spine, ↑rib
a long flat bone in the front of your chest which is connected to the top seven pairs of ↑ribs
= ↑sternum

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  • Breastbone — Breast bone (br[e^]st b[=o]n ), n. The bone of the breast; the sternum. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • breastbone — (n.) sternum, O.E. breostban; see BREAST (Cf. breast) (n.) + BONE (Cf. bone) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • breastbone — ► NOUN ▪ a thin flat bone running down the centre of the chest and connecting the ribs; the sternum …   English terms dictionary

  • breastbone — [brest′bōn΄] n. STERNUM …   English World dictionary

  • breastbone — UK [ˈbrestˌbəʊn] / US [ˈbrestˌboʊn] noun [countable] Word forms breastbone : singular breastbone plural breastbones the flat bone in the middle of your chest. The medical word is sternum …   English dictionary

  • breastbone — [[t]bre̱stboʊn[/t]] breastbones also breast bone N COUNT Your breastbone is the long, flat bone which goes from your throat to the bottom of your ribs and to which your ribs are attached. Syn: sternum …   English dictionary

  • breastbone — The long flat bone that forms the center front of the chest wall. The breastbone is attached to the collarbone and the first seven ribs. Also called sternum …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • breastbone — noun Date: before 12th century sternum …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • breastbone — n. [A.S. breost, front of the chest; ban, bony] 1. The sternum. 2. (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) In certain dipterous larvae, a horny ventral process behind the oral opening, representing the labium; anchor process; sternal spatula …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • breastbone — /brest bohn /, n. the sternum. [bef. 1000; ME brust bon, OE breostban. See BREAST, BONE1] * * * …   Universalium

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