thorax

noun
tho·​rax | \ ˈthȯr-ˌaks How to pronounce thorax (audio) \
plural thoraxes or thoraces\ ˈthȯr-​ə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce thorax (audio) \

Definition of thorax

1 : the part of the vertebrate body between the neck and the abdomen If you count the vertebrae in the necks and thoraxes of mice and chickens, you will find that a mouse has seven neck and 13 thoracic vertebrae, a chicken 14 and seven, respectively.— Matt Ridley also : thoracic cavity The thorax is evaluated for fluid at the flanks and for pneumothorax anteriorly. — Christoper L. Moore
2 : the middle of the three chief divisions of the body of an insect Of nearly a million described species of insects, none has a biramous appendage, and nearly all have exactly three pairs of limbs on the thorax.— Stephen Jay Gould This haunting pitch issues from drum tissue stretched over the thorax of the male annual cicada …— Ted Williams also : the corresponding part of a crustacean or an arachnid The brown recluse spider … is brown and has fuzzy body hair and a dark violin- or pear-shaped band on the dorsum of its thorax. — Peter F. Weller

Examples of thorax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Health authorities said the dead included Jack Pintado, 22, who was shot 11 times, including in the head, and Jordan Sotelo, 24, who was hit four times in the thorax near his heart. Franklin Briceño And Christine Armario, USA TODAY, "Peru's interim president resigns as nation plunges into crisis," 16 Nov. 2020 Health authorities said the dead included Jack Pintado, 22, who was shot 11 times, including in the head, and Jordan Sotelo, 24, who was hit four times in the thorax near his heart. Franklin Briceño And Christine Armario, USA TODAY, "Peru's interim president resigns as nation plunges into crisis," 16 Nov. 2020 Health authorities said the dead included Jack Pintado, 22, who was shot 11 times, including in the head, and Jordan Sotelo, 24, who was hit four times in the thorax near his heart. Franklin Briceño And Christine Armario, USA TODAY, "Peru's interim president resigns as nation plunges into crisis," 16 Nov. 2020 Health authorities said the dead included Jack Pintado, 22, who was shot 11 times, including in the head, and Jordan Sotelo, 24, who was hit four times in the thorax near his heart. Franklin Briceño And Christine Armario, USA TODAY, "Peru's interim president resigns as nation plunges into crisis," 16 Nov. 2020 Health authorities said the dead included Jack Pintado, 22, who was shot 11 times, including in the head, and Jordan Sotelo, 24, who was hit four times in the thorax near his heart. Franklin Briceño And Christine Armario, USA TODAY, "Peru's interim president resigns as nation plunges into crisis," 16 Nov. 2020 Health authorities said the dead included Jack Pintado, 22, who was shot 11 times, including in the head, and Jordan Sotelo, 24, who was hit four times in the thorax near his heart. Arkansas Online, "Peru's interim president resigns as chaos embroils nation," 15 Nov. 2020 Health authorities said the dead included Jack Pintado, 22, who was shot 11 times, including in the head, and Jordan Sotelo, 24, who was hit four times in the thorax near his heart. Franklin Briceño And Christine Armario, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why Peru ousted two presidents in one week," 15 Nov. 2020 Health authorities said the dead included Jack Pintado, 22, who was shot 11 times, including in the head, and Jordan Sotelo, 24, who was hit four times in the thorax near his heart. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Peru’s interim president announces resignation after deadly national upheaval," 15 Nov. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thorax. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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thorax

noun

English Language Learners Definition of thorax

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: 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 How to pronounce thorax (audio) \
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- How to pronounce thorax (audio) \
plural thoraxes or thoraces\ ˈthōr-​ə-​ˌsēz, ˈthȯr-​ How to pronounce thorax (audio) \

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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