breastbonenoun [ C ]uk /ˈbrest.bəʊn/ us /ˈbrest.boʊn/
Examples from literature
- It is situated around the windpipe, behind the upper part of the breastbone.
- The chest is a chamber with bony walls, the ribs connecting in front with the breastbone, and behind with the spine.
- The first seven pairs, counting from the neck, are called the true ribs, and are joined by their own special cartilages directly to the breastbone.
- The slight fracture in the breastbone had repaired itself by one of Nature's magic processes.
- The upper cavity, or chest, is a bony enclosure formed by the breastbone, the ribs, and the spine.