floating rib

noun

Definition of 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, "How to Clean Big Game with the Gutless Method," 20 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of floating rib

1831, in the meaning defined above

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“Floating rib.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floating%20rib. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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floating rib

noun

Medical Definition of 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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