thorax

noun
tho·​rax | \ˈthȯr-ˌaks \
plural thoraxes or thoraces\ ˈthȯr-​ə-​ˌsēz \

Definition of thorax 

1 : the part of the mammalian body between the neck and the abdomen also : its cavity in which the heart and lungs lie

2 : the middle of the three chief divisions of the body of an insect also : the corresponding part of a crustacean or an arachnid

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In another, a patient’s chest drain, a tube used to remove air, fluid or pus from the thorax, was dislodged. The Economist, "Hospitals are learning from industry how to cut medical errors," 28 June 2018 This structure, which covers their abdomen and thorax, safeguards their bodies from predators. National Geographic, "Meet the Bug That Armors Itself With Shells," 23 June 2018 Close clipped sections of Antron from his floor covering and used it to dub the thorax of the fly. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: 13 famous Wisconsin fly patterns take center stage," 21 Apr. 2018 The power of the impact is what may have propelled a giant stone block, which could be a doorjamb, onto the victim, crushing his thorax and pinning him beneath the ash for the next 2,000 years. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Skeleton of Man Crushed by Stone Block Uncovered in Pompeii," 31 May 2018 The victim, who was over 30, had his thorax crushed. Fox News, "Pompeii: New find shows man crushed trying to flee eruption," 29 May 2018 Imagine a spider, but with four powerful appendages sprouting from the thorax. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Captain’s Log," 18 Sep. 2017 There are always extended bouts of glamorous preening: The dance luminary, body arched like a bullfighter or a bow stretched for archery, keeps one or both arms raised to show his or her thorax to best advantage. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "At Flamenco Festival, Finding the Force Beneath the Glitz," 12 Mar. 2018 The long bodies and stout thoraxes of dachshunds, for example, had to be taken into account. Colleen Barry, USA TODAY, "Milan line offers canine couture for pampered pooches," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of thorax

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for thorax

Middle English, from Latin thorac-, thorax breastplate, thorax, from Greek thōrak-, thōrax

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thorax

noun

English Language Learners Definition of thorax

: the part of an animal's body between the neck and the waist

: the middle section of an insect's body

thorax

noun
tho·​rax | \ˈthȯr-ˌaks \
plural thoraxes or thoraces\ ˈthȯr-​ə-​ˌsēz \

Kids Definition of thorax

1 : the part of the body of a mammal that lies between the neck and the abdomen and contains the heart and lungs

2 : the middle of the three main divisions of the body of an insect

thorax

noun
tho·​rax | \ˈthō(ə)r-ˌaks, ˈthȯ(ə)r- \
plural thoraxes or thoraces\ ˈthōr-​ə-​ˌsēz, ˈthȯr-​ \

Medical Definition of thorax 

1 : the part of the mammalian body that is situated between the neck and the abdomen and supported by the ribs, costal cartilages, and sternum also : thoracic cavity

2 : the middle of the three chief divisions of the body of an insect also : the corresponding part of a crustacean or an arachnid

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