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noun Anatomy.
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
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How to use floating rib in a sentence

  • Ever since Eve was made for Adam's pleasure the female sex has been as pliable as the original mixture of mud and a floating rib.

British Dictionary definitions for floating rib

floating rib

noun
any rib of the lower two pairs of ribs in man, which are not attached to the breastbone
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