rib cage

noun Anatomy.
the enclosure formed by the ribs and their connecting bones.

Origin:
1905–10

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

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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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Example sentences
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.
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