One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A handle-shaped projection or part.
- ‘The manubrium sometimes extends to the insertion of the third costal cartilages.’
- ‘The retroarticular process of the articular persists only as the tiny manubrium which remains in contact with the tympanic membrane as it presumably did in Probainognathus.’
- ‘The lenticular process is substantially longer than the arm of the manubrium which connects the tympanum to the articular facet.’
- ‘Some twenty minutes after the accident the patient used a spoonlike earpick to remove a bony fragment from deep in his ear canal and we identified this as the malleus that had been fractured at its manubrium.’
- 1.1 The broad upper part of the sternum of mammals, with which the clavicles and first ribs articulate.
- ‘The right and left parts of the muscle are joined by a tendon that arises from the manubrium of the sternum.’
- ‘This approach involves incising the skin and subcutaneous tissue overlying the sternum, sawing longitudinally through the manubrium, body, and xiphoid process of the sternum, and cutting into the pericardial sacs.’
- ‘It's just possible to make out the Angle of Louis, the ridge in the middle of the sword-shaped breastbone where its immature plates, the manubrium and sternal body fused.’
- ‘The medial-caudal migration pathway forms the thymopharyngeal tract, which runs from the angle of the mandible to the manubrium of the sternum bilaterally.’
- ‘All rhinolophoids have an ossified first costal cartilage fused to the manubrium and first rib.’
- 1.2 The tube which bears the mouth of a coelenterate.
Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘handle’): from Latin, ‘haft’.
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