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floating rib

noun, Anatomy.
one member of the two lowest pairs of ribs, which are attached neither to the sternum nor to the cartilages of other ribs.
Origin of floating rib
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Ever since Eve was made for Adam's pleasure the female sex has been as pliable as the original mixture of mud and a floating rib.

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British Dictionary definitions for floating rib

floating rib

any rib of the lower two pairs of ribs in man, which are not attached to the breastbone
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floating rib in Medicine

floating rib n.
Any of the two lowest pairs of ribs with no anterior attachment to the sternum. Also called vertebral rib.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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