Pronunciation: (glad"ē-ō'lus), [key]
—pl. -lus, -liPronunciation: (-lī), [key] -lus•es for 1; -li for 2.
1. any plant of the genus Gladiolus, of the iris family, native esp. to Africa, having erect, sword-shaped leaves and spikes of flowers in a variety of colors.
2. Anat.the middle and largest segment of the sternum. Cf. manubrium (def. 2a), xiphisternum.
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