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

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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