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noun Anatomy.
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

ribcage
/ (ˈrɪbˌkeɪdʒ) /

noun
the bony structure consisting of the ribs and their connective tissue that encloses and protects the lungs, heart, etc
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Scientific definitions for rib cage

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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