one member of the two lowest pairs of ribs, which are attached neither to the sternum nor to the cartilages of other ribs.
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Origin of floating rib
First recorded in 1825–35
Words nearby floating rib
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British Dictionary definitions for floating rib
any rib of the lower two pairs of ribs in man, which are not attached to the breastbone
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Medical definitions for floating rib
Any of the two lowest pairs of ribs with no anterior attachment to the sternum.vertebral rib
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