Sword-shaped; applied especially to the x. process. SYN: ensiform, gladiate, mucronate. [xipho- + G. eidos, appearance]

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xi·phoid 'zī-.fȯid, 'zif-.ȯid n XIPHOID PROCESS
xiphoid adj

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xiph·oid (zifґoid) (ziґfoid) [Gr. xiphoeidēdes sword-shaped, from xiphos sword + eidos form] 1. shaped like a sword; called also ensiform. 2. processus xiphoideus. 3. pertaining to the processus xiphoideus.

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