rib cage

noun Anatomy.

the enclosure formed by the ribs and their connecting bones.

Nearby words

  1. riant,
  2. riantly,
  3. riata,
  4. riau archipelago,
  5. rib,
  6. rib eye,
  7. rib roast,
  8. rib steak,
  9. rib-knit,
  10. rib-tickler

Origin of rib cage

First recorded in 1905–10

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Medicine definitions for rib cage

rib cage


The enclosing structure formed by the ribs and the bones to which they are attached.

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Science 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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