- one member of the first seven pairs of ribs that are attached in humans to the sternum by costal cartilages.
Origin of true rib
First recorded in 1735–45
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- any of the upper seven pairs of ribs in man
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- Any of the seven upper pairs of ribs attached to the sternum by costal cartilage.
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