THE STERNUM BONE
The sternum is composed of three parts - The 'manubrim', also called the 'handle', is located at the top of the sternum and moves slightly. It is connected to the first two ribs. The 'body', also called the 'blade' or the 'gladiolus', is located in the middle of the sternum and connects with the third to seventh ribs directly and the eighth through tenth ribs indirectly. The 'xiphoid process', also called the 'tip', is located on the bottom of the sternum. It is often cartilaginous (cartilage), but does become bony in later years.