the enclosure formed by the ribs and their connecting bones.
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Origin of rib cage
First recorded in 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for rib cage
/ (ˈrɪbˌkeɪdʒ) /
the bony structure consisting of the ribs and their connective tissue that encloses and protects the lungs, heart, etc
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Medical definitions for rib cage
The enclosing structure formed by the ribs and the bones to which they are attached.
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Scientific definitions for rib cage
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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