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 Sean Stewart then shoved Dixon, and Rod Stewart punched Dixon in the rib cage with a closed fist, the report said. Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2021 Here Lee drove one last punch into the rib cage of the radical body politic. Randal Doane, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 Delevingne also has matching tattoos with model Kaia Gerber and ex Ashley Benson, who also has her initials tattooed on her rib cage. Alejandra Gularte, Vulture, 31 Dec. 2021 Theresa Grant, a resident of Culver City, has endured debilitating pain for the past year from a mysterious bulge protruding from her lower rib cage. Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2021 Once the legs are engaged, align the upper half of the body by lifting spine, rib cage and chest. New York Times, 23 Nov. 2021 In truth, your core encompasses everything on the front and backside of your body from your rib cage down to the bottom of your butt, says Brooks. Jenny Mccoy, Health.com, 19 Oct. 2021 For example, Wiebe said, consistently sucking in your stomach could alter the appearance of your abdomen, including a protrusion of the lower abdomen and a flaring of the rib cage. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2021 Your spleen, which is located below your left rib cage, is also home to many lymphocytes. Barbara Brody, Health.com, 13 Sep. 2021

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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 2022

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“Rib cage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rib%20cage. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of rib cage

: 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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