|—n , pl thoraxes, thoraces|
|1.||the part of the human body enclosed by the ribs|
|2.||the corresponding part in other vertebrates|
|3.||the part of an insect's body between the head and abdomen, which bears the wings and legs|
|[C16: via Latin from Greek thōrax breastplate, chest]|
thorax tho·rax (thôr'āks')
n. pl. tho·rax·es or tho·ra·ces (thôr'ə-sēz')
The part of the human body between the neck and the diaphragm, partially encased by the ribs and containing the heart and lungs; the chest.
A part in other vertebrates that corresponds to the human thorax.
The second or middle region of the body of an arthropod, between the head and the abdomen, in insects bearing the legs and wings.
|thorax (thôr'āks') Pronunciation Key
Plural thoraxes or thoraces (thôr'ə-sēz')
The part of the body between the neck and diaphragm; the chest.