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chicken breast


abnormal protrusion of the breastbone caused by rickets


state noun (stable states of affairs)


chicken breasts

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Princeton WordNet


pigeon breast

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

pigeon breast | chicken breast [synonym]

a deformity of the chest characterized by an abnormal protrusion of the breastbone, caused by rickets or by obstructed breathing during infancy (22 of 285 words, 3 usage examples)


Random House Dictionary:

chicken breast [pathology] | pigeon breast [synonym]

a congenital or acquired malformation of the chest in which there is abnormal projection of the sternum and the sternal region, often associated with ... (24 of 32 words)


Oxford Dictionary:

chicken breast | chicken-breasted [derived]

Syllabification: (chickĀ·en breast) | [medicine] | another term for "pigeon breast". (9 of 28 words, 3 definitions)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/chicken-breast

American Heritage Dictionary:

pigeon breast | chicken breast | pigeon-breasted [adjective, related]

A chest deformity marked by a projecting sternum, often occurring as a result of infantile rickets. (16 of 26 words, pronunciation)


New World Dictionary:

pigeon breast | chicken breast | pigeon-breasted [adjective, related]

a deformity of the human chest occurring in rickets, etc., and characterized by a sharply projecting sternum like that of a pigeon (22 of 26 words)



chicken breast

Meat from the body of a chicken. (7 of 8 words, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/chicken breast


Pectus carinatum | pigeon chest

a deformity of the chest characterized by a protrusion of the sternum and ribs. It's the opposite of pectus excavatum. Pectus carinatum is an overgrowth of cartilage causing the sternum to protrude forward. It occurs in 3 different ways. The least... (41 of 1347 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Pectus carinatum


pigeon breast

a deformity of the chest marked by sharp projection of the sternum (12 of 26 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/pigeon breast

Britannica Encyclopedia:

malformation [biology] | Vinca rosea [species]

in biology, irregular or abnormal structural development. Malformations occur in both plants and animals and have a number of causes. The processes of ... (23 of 835 words)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

deformity [countable/uncountable] | deformities [plural]

a part of someone's body that is not the usual shape (11 of 36 words, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:


when a part of the body has not developed in the normal way or with the normal shape (18 of 26 words, pronunciations)


Encarta Dictionary:

pigeon breast | pigeon breasts [plural] | chicken breast [medicine] | chicken breasts [medicine, plural] | pigeon-breasted [adjective, derived]

a condition in which the sides of the chest are flattened and the center protrudes like the keel of a boat (21 of 35 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861726143​/definition​.html  [offline]

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