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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.
Current as ofSeptember 20, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Current as of:
September 20, 2018
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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