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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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  • My ball had entered his body by the seventh rib on the right hand, and had gone out by the second false rib on the left.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
false rib in Medicine

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

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