Definition of “breastbone” - English Dictionary

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“breastbone” in British English

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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. 

(Definition of “breastbone” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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