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The sternum, also called the breastbone, 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.
June 11, 2012
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
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