rib cage


Definition of rib cage

: the bony enclosing wall of the chest consisting chiefly of the ribs and the structures connecting them

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On the body, cinched around the rib cage with an obi, the kimono becomes three-dimensional, a column; through gathering and draping, a range of age-old silhouettes are possible. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Kimono Refashioned: 1870s-Now!’ Review: Unfolding a Garment’s Long History," 16 Oct. 2018 Whales carry their baby weight below the rib cage, just like humans, Durban said, enabling later-term pregnancies to be reliably documented from aerial images of body shape. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Another southern resident orca is ailing — and at least three whales are pregnant," 25 Sep. 2018 Shut down Tuesday, Walker Buehler will likely miss a couple weeks because of a microfractured rib cage. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill to test blister in rehab assignment," 14 June 2018 Hayes died at the scene from one gunshot above his forehead on the right side of his head, one near the bottom of his left rib cage and one to his torso, according to an autopsy. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Family of Quanice Hayes, fatally shot by Portland police, sues city, officers," 5 June 2018 This black suit offers sophisticated cut-outs at the rib cage. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "11 Stylish Swimsuits That Are Also Eco-Friendly," 18 June 2018 Yet while sounds don’t fossilize, the shapes and sizes of bits of rib cages and nasal cavities have hinted that dinosaur noises were actually more ostrich- or crocodile-like in nature. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Five Ways Real Science Would Make the New Jurassic World So Much Better," 12 June 2018 Nottingham hasn't played since May 11 after suffering a muscle strain in his rib cage. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The comeback has begun for injured Eric Thames. But what's next? And when will he be back?," 5 June 2018 My first pregnancy, 25 years ago, widened my rib cage. Melissa Dahl, The Cut, "100 Women on the Wildest Ways Their Bodies Changed After Pregnancy," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of rib cage

1883, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rib cage was in 1883

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English Language Learners Definition of rib cage

medical : the curved wall of ribs that surrounds and protects the chest

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Kids Definition of rib cage

: the bony enclosing wall of the chest consisting of the ribs and their connecting parts

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Medical Definition of rib cage

: the bony enclosing wall of the chest consisting chiefly of the ribs and the structures connecting them

called also thoracic cage

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