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rib cage

noun, Anatomy.
1.
the enclosure formed by the ribs and their connecting bones.
Origin of rib cage
1905-1910
1905-10
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ribcage

/ˈrɪbˌkeɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the bony structure consisting of the ribs and their connective tissue that encloses and protects the lungs, heart, etc
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ribcage in Medicine

rib cage n.
The enclosing structure formed by the ribs and the bones to which they are attached.

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ribcage 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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