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    Breastbone

    Skeletal view of breastbone in the chest

    The breastbone, also called the sternum, is a long, flat bone in the center of the chest. It is connected to the ribs with cartilage. Together with the ribs, it helps to protect important organs in the chest, such as the heart and lungs, from damage.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology

    Current as ofJuly 6, 2016

    Current as of: July 6, 2016

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology

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