Breastbone

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 StaffPrimary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine

Current as ofJune 13, 2018

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