Definition of breastbone in English:



  • A thin, flat bone running down the centre of the chest, to which the ribs are attached.

    Also called sternum
    • ‘This causes a burning sensation behind your breastbone or a burning sensation that starts in your stomach and seems to rise up.’
    • ‘This burning pain in the upper abdomen and under the breastbone may be accompanied by nausea and an acid or sour taste in your mouth.’
    • ‘All the blood cells are formed in the marrow of the flat bones such as the skull, breastbone and pelvis.’
    • ‘The heart is a hollow, muscular organ that lies in the center of the chest under the breastbone.’
    • ‘Hiatus hernia can cause pain and discomfort behind the breastbone (sternum).’
    • ‘In addition to fever, headache and unwellness there is sore throat, pain behind the breastbone, and deafness.’
    • ‘Things sometimes seem to stick behind the breastbone.’
    • ‘The other part attaches on your breastbone and upper six ribs and is used in downward and forward arm movements.’
    • ‘It consists of pain and tenderness in and around the cartilage that connects your ribs to your breastbone (sternum).’
    • ‘He could feel his heart beating against his breastbone as he cracked his fingers in a gesture of impatience.’
    • ‘Place your hand on your abdomen just below your breastbone and take a deep breath.’
    • ‘With the casualty lying on a firm surface, push the breastbone down towards the back.’
    • ‘The pain starts behind the breastbone and moves up to the neck and throat.’
    • ‘These all affect centrally located cartilage joints of the spine and breastbone.’
    • ‘A bandage was wrapped around her chest, and a large bloodstain showed where her collarbone joined her breastbone.’
    • ‘Place the heel of hand on the middle half of their breastbone, and the heel of the other hand on top of the first.’
    • ‘The surgeon then cuts the breastbone down the middle and opens the rib cage to expose the heart.’
    • ‘It is usually felt as a pain behind the breastbone.’
    • ‘To get to your heart the surgeon makes an incision down the middle of your chest and separates your breastbone.’
    • ‘The spine may be curved, and the breastbone may protrude or look caved in.’