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thoracic cage

thoracic cage in Medicine

thoracic cage n.
The part of the skeleton enclosing the thorax, consisting of the thoracic vertebrae, ribs, costal cartilages, and sternum.

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  • It assists in keeping the scapula applied to the thoracic cage, and when it contracts, draws the scapula upwards and forwards.

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