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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.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofMarch 21, 2017
Current as of:
March 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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