false ribs

pl n
  1. any of the lower five pairs of ribs in man, attached behind to the thoracic vertebrae but in front not attached directly to the breastbone: See floating rib

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How to use false ribs in a sentence

  • The cartilages of the next three are united with each other, and are not attached to the sternum; these are called false ribs.

  • The bullet, which proved fatal, entered his right breast, and was extracted from under the skin over the false ribs.

  • To make sure, we feel the abdomen near to the line of the false ribs.

    The Dog | Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
  • "She has missed me," said Rodolphe, pulling from his wound a stiletto, which had been turned by one of the false ribs.

    Albert Savarus | Honore de Balzac
  • With false ribs made from oars we strengthened the boats and put them in condition for another day's hammering.

    A Canyon Voyage | Frederick S. Dellenbaugh