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rib cage

noun, Anatomy
1.
the enclosure formed by the ribs and their connecting bones.
Origin of rib cage
1905-1910
1905-10
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  • The knife had pierced Dave's chest until the hilt pressed against his rib cage.

    The Sky Is Falling Lester del Rey
  • The rib cage includes the breastbone and twelve pairs of ribs.

    Physiology Ernest G. Martin
  • The skeleton of the trunk consists of the spinal column, the rib cage, the shoulder girdle, and the hip girdle.

    Physiology Ernest G. Martin
  • The latter function involves some degree of motion of the rib cage.

    Physiology Ernest G. Martin
  • His heart fluttered in his rib cage, skipping beats, then pounding hard.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • The rib cage marked sharp lines on the pavement with shadow from the lamps' glare.

    The Jewels of Aptor Samuel R. Delany
  • He sank it into the other's abdomen, immediately below the rib cage—the solar plexus.

    Mercenary Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • There was a dead silence in the room as she stood there, eyes closed, and slowly ran her fingers over his rib cage.

    The Right Time Walter Bupp
  • Five long black marks down the middle of his pale chest, running almost from the base of his neck to the bottom of his rib cage.

    Shaman Robert Shea
rib cage in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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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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