Book One -- The things that sustain and support the entire body, and what braces and attaches them all. [the bones and the ligaments that interconnect them] | Chapter 19 On the Bones of the Thorax

The use of the pointed cartilage

The cartilage [processus xiphoideus] with which the pectoral bone ends in a point is also a protection for the things beneath, and is popularly called malum granatum, the pomegranate, 75 I think because it resembles a tip of the pomegranate blossom. Also because of its shape, laymen call it the epiglottal cartilage, from its resemblance to the operculum [epiglottis] of the larynx (figs. 12 and 13, ch. 38), which in appearance is not altogether unlike 76 the cartilage of the pectoral bone. We shall append a large number of such names to the end of this book together with the names of other bones.



Book One -- The things that sustain and support the entire body, and what braces and attaches them all. [the bones and the ligaments that interconnect them] | Chapter 19 On the Bones of the Thorax