floating rib


: a rib (such as one of either of the last two pairs in humans) that has no attachment to the sternum compare false rib

Examples of floating rib in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Skin farther up the neck to remove the neck meat, if desired. Find the floating rib, between the back of the chest cavity and forward of the hip bone. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 20 Nov. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of floating rib was in 1831

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“Floating rib.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floating%20rib. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

floating rib

: a rib (as one of the two bottom pairs in human beings) that has no attachment to the sternum

Medical Definition

floating rib

: any rib in the last two pairs of human ribs that have no attachment to the sternum compare false rib

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