- the enclosure formed by the ribs and their connecting bones.
Origin of rib cage
First recorded in 1905–10
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- The enclosing structure formed by the ribs and the bones to which they are attached.
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- 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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