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Tuesday, July 6

Xiphoid

[ZY-foyd]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Greek, mid 18th century

1.

Sword-shaped.

Examples of Xiphoid in a sentence

"The children looked for any xiphoid objects they could use to play-duel with."

"The face masks had small medieval helmets and xiphoid figures printed on them."

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About Xiphoid

This word hails from the Greek “xiphoeidēs,” which comes from “xiphos,” meaning “sword.”

Did you Know?

The lowest third of the human sternum is called the xiphoid process. You can actually see or feel the tip of it in some newborns. Between ages 15 to 30, the xiphoid process typically fuses to the rest of the sternum, but it doesn’t ossify (harden) until around age 40.

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