false rib

noun

Definition of false rib

: a rib whose cartilages unite indirectly or not at all with the sternum — compare floating rib

First Known Use of false rib

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“False rib.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/false%20rib. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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false rib

noun

Medical Definition of false rib

: a rib whose cartilages unite indirectly or not at all with the sternum — compare floating rib

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