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false rib

noun, Anatomy.
any of the lower five ribs on either side of the body, which are not directly attached to the sternum.
Origin of false rib
First recorded in 1490-1500 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • To make sure, we feel the abdomen near to the line of the false ribs.

    The Dog Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
  • With false ribs made from oars we strengthened the boats and put them in condition for another day's hammering.

    A Canyon Voyage Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
  • "She has missed me," said Rodolphe, pulling from his wound a stiletto, which had been turned by one of the false ribs.

    Albert Savarus Honore de Balzac
  • The bullet, which proved fatal, entered his right breast, and was extracted from under the skin over the false ribs.

British Dictionary definitions for false ribs

false ribs

plural noun
any of the lower five pairs of ribs in man, attached behind to the thoracic vertebrae but in front not attached directly to the breastbone See floating rib
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false ribs in Medicine

false rib n.
Any of the five pairs of lower ribs that do not articulate directly with the sternum.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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