rib cage


Definition of rib cage

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

Examples of rib cage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Engage your core and tuck your hips so that your low back is not arched and your pelvis is inline with your rib cage. Amy Eisinger, M.a., SELF, "How to Do Lunges Correctly," 1 Jan. 2021 Benintendi, who was second in the AL rookie of the year voting in 2017, also struggled in 2020, batting .103 in 14 games before ending the season on Aug. 11 with a rib cage strain. Jimmy Golen, courant.com, "Cora hopes Martinez, Rodriguez, Benintendi can bounce back," 18 Dec. 2020 This muscle pulls the shoulder blades forward around your rib cage and plays a key role in helping raise your arm above shoulder height and stabilizing the shoulder. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "An Ironman Coach’s Swim-Strength Workout, No Water Required," 5 Dec. 2020 Keeping your chin tucked and your back flat, pull the weight toward your rib cage, keeping your arm tight against your body. Lauren Bedosky, Outside Online, "Strength Training for Lower-Back Pain," 18 Nov. 2020 After all, a bad sports bra—one that digs into your rib cage and squishes your boobs together like Play-Doh—can ruin a workout. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "The 18 Best Sports Bras of 2020 for All Types of Workouts," 20 Oct. 2020 Hold for five long, deep breaths, using your breathing to control your rib cage position. Dana Santas, CNN, "Biking your way to better health: How to reboot your workout routine," 17 Aug. 2020 These include your rhomboids (an upper back muscle that connects your shoulder blades to your rib cage), mid- to lower-trapezius (the muscles across the back of your neck and upper back), and your rear deltoids (the back of your shoulders). Christa Sgobba, SELF, "The Back and Biceps Workout to Help You Stand Up Straight," 18 Oct. 2020 My breath was shallow and quick, heart fluttering like a hummingbird in my rib cage. Your Fat Friend, SELF, "Please Don’t Call Fat People ‘Brave’ Just for Existing," 12 Oct. 2020

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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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15 Jan 2021

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

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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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