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rib cage

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noun Anatomy.
  1. the enclosure formed by the ribs and their connecting bones.

Origin of rib cage

First recorded in 1905–10
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ribcage

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.
  1. The enclosing structure formed by the ribs and the bones to which they are attached.
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ribcage in Science

rib cage

  1. 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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