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rib cage

noun, Anatomy.
the enclosure formed by the ribs and their connecting bones.
Origin of rib cage
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • His heart fluttered in his rib cage, skipping beats, then pounding hard.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • The rib cage includes the breastbone and twelve pairs of ribs.

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

    Physiology Ernest G. Martin
  • The rib cage marked sharp lines on the pavement with shadow from the lamps' glare.

    The Jewels of Aptor Samuel R. Delany
  • 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 Barbarian's knife slipped upward into Dugald's rib cage, and suddenly Geoffrey was drenched with blood.

    The Barbarians John Sentry
  • 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
  • The knife had pierced Dave's chest until the hilt pressed against his rib cage.

    The Sky Is Falling Lester del Rey
  • Her left fist rammed solidly into Mihul's bare brown midriff, just under the arch of the rib cage.

    Legacy James H Schmitz
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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