Acts of Volition

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meka -

Did she look back to see if he was still alive?;never the mind because she was late for her next class;what the hell she did try to save him from choking;what is the zyphoid process I ask?

Withheld -

The correct spelling is xiphoid, not zyphoid.

withheld -

The xiphoid process is the lowermost tip of the sternum.

Jeffrey DC -

Hey...I just found out that had my xiphoid bone broken and you are scaring the living beejesus out of me. (The Doctor thought it started with a z also!) Oh, no.....I cannot catch my breath. My wife is slowly walking towards me with a smile on her face, and I think she wants to .....

Stay tuned for the conclusion of "Broken Xiphoid is better than Typhoid" Or, "I'd bet on my life that my wife can be nice." And no, you cannot have a slice at ANY price.

jon -

dont care what its called its just a punch in the solar plexus and more chance of just knocking all the wind out of a person than breaking a bone,chill out

Wander'N Dude -

I realize this is an old post that will probably never be visited again by anyone except by someone like me who constantly is a day late and a dollar short... not to mention lost in cyberspace most of the time, but....

The correct spelling is xiphoid process, not ziphoid process. It's a seemingly useless bone (actually a lump of cartilaginous material), located at the tip of the sternum, who's soul purpose in life seems to be to add to the miseries of anatomy students and wannabe weblog novelette authors.

The danger of that pesky bone (or cartilaginous nuisance) is that during CPR, the Heimlich maneuver, accidental blow during an auto accident or a bar room brawl, or possibly during a fit of passion, that it might puncture the liver causing that unlucky or passionate person to bleed to death internally.

omg -

it really does start wid z ------ya it does

Janis M. Speed -

I was decoring a lettuce head & heard a horrible breaking sound, terrible pain, couldn't breathe for a few minutes it seemed! Went to the emergency room & (the doctor said it was just bruised), I pushed in my xiphoid process. Still hurts to move or even breathe, cannot turn certain ways. I hope this isn't a serious thing. Going to another doctor for a 2nd opinion today. It is bent in but not broken off, I don't think. The 1st doctor took xrays said he didn't see anything wrong...then why is it bent in now? I looked on the Internet & it isn't just cartilege anymore - in later years it turns from cartilege into bone. I am 56 years old so it must be bone by now..... I am very worried & what a freak accident...