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rib cage

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  1. rib cagenoun

    the bony enclosing wall of the chest


  1. rib cagenoun

    A part of the skeleton within the thoracic area consisting of ribs, sternum and thoracic vertebrae.

  2. rib cagenoun

    The enclosed area created by and within the ribs.


  1. Rib cage

    The rib cage is an enclosure that comprises the ribs, vertebral column and sternum in the thorax of most vertebrates, protects vital organs such as the heart, lungs and great vessels. The sternum, together known as the thoracic cage, is a semi-rigid bony and cartilaginous structure which surrounds the thoracic cavity and supports the shoulder girdle to form the core part of the human skeleton. A typical human thoracic cage consists of 12 pairs of ribs and the adjoining costal cartilages, the sternum (along with the manubrium and xiphoid process), and the 12 thoracic vertebrae articulating with the ribs. Together with the skin and associated fascia and muscles, the thoracic cage makes up the thoracic wall and provides attachments for extrinsic skeletal muscles of the neck, upper limbs, upper abdomen and back. The rib cage intrinsically holds the muscles of respiration (diaphragm, intercostal muscles, etc.) that are crucial for active inhalation and forced exhalation, and therefore has a major ventilatory function in the respiratory system.


  1. rib cage

    The rib cage is a structure formed by the chest or thoracic vertebrae and the ribs, sternum (breastbone), and costal cartilages (the cartilages that connect the ribs to the sternum). It forms the bony framework of the chest and protects the heart and lungs from physical damage. It also plays a key role in the respiratory system by facilitating the expansion and contraction of the lungs.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rib cage in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rib cage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of rib cage in a Sentence

  1. Susan Lucci:

    I didn’t think much of it because I had never had anything, in fact, it had disappeared by the time I was at the table. [But] there was a mild pressure on my chest that also radiated around my rib cage to my back. Like most women, I thought, ‘Oh, it’ll go away.’ And it did.

  2. Grant Wilson:

    The idea of a night roll is that by wearing it around your waist, it fills in the gap between your hips and your rib cage, and therefore keeps the natural curves in your back and in your spine.

  3. Febin Melepura:

    About 1 percent of patients with low back pain have sciatica, but low back pain is a pain that is localized to the region below the lower rib cage and above the gluteal fold, whereas sciatica is a pain that radiates down one or both legs.

  4. Barbara Dorris:

    I went into the hospital because I had pain, i’d been coughing. I’d torn my diaphragm. I had seen these seven Vanderbilt angels standing over me, and they said, ‘Ma’am, were you aware you have a four-inch tumor under your right rib cage?’ I said, ‘No.’.

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