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rib cage

noun, Anatomy
the enclosure formed by the ribs and their connecting bones.
Origin of rib cage
1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But his ribs were bruised, and the muscle was torn from his rib cage.
  • Jabbing his thumb into his rib cage, he described how he had trouble breathing during the first days.
  • rib cage pain includes any pain or discomfort in the area of the ribs.
  • They are deep in the abdomen and are protected by the spine, lower rib cage, and strong muscles of the back.
  • My headache had subsided, but my rib cage ached and my muscles radiated pain.
  • One of the few remaining signs of their limbed heritage is the presence of vestigial hips imprisoned in the rib cage.
  • Stretching from rib cage to pelvis, the spleen filled half his abdomen.
  • The work that day, on the rib cage, was particularly delicate.
  • The abdomen was so distended that it partially obscured my view of the heaving rib cage.
  • Rub a few fingers along the rib cage and get over it.
rib cage in Medicine

rib cage n.
The enclosing structure formed by the ribs and the bones to which they are attached.

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rib cage in Science
rib cage  
The bony structure in the chest formed by the ribs and sternum (breastbone) that encloses and protects the heart and lungs.
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