rib cage
noun Date: 1909 the bony enclosing wall of the chest consisting chiefly of the ribs and the structures connecting them

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • rib cage — n the bony enclosing wall of the chest consisting chiefly of the ribs and the structures connecting them called also thoracic cage * * * thoracic cage skeleton thoracis …   Medical dictionary

  • rib cage — rib cages also ribcage N COUNT Your rib cage is the structure of ribs in your chest. It protects your lungs and other organs …   English dictionary

  • rib cage — n the structure of ↑ribs in your chest …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rib cage — rib ,cage noun count the bones that curve around the chest and protect organs such as the lungs and heart …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rib cage — rib′ cage n. anat. the enclosure formed by the ribs and their connecting bones • Etymology: 1905–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • rib cage — n. the cagelike structure of the body formed by the ribs …   English World dictionary

  • rib|cage — «RIHB KAYJ», noun. the barrel shaped enclosure formed by the ribs of the chest; framework of the ribs …   Useful english dictionary

  • rib cage — noun the bony enclosing wall of the chest (Freq. 2) • Hypernyms: ↑skeletal structure • Part Holonyms: ↑thorax, ↑chest, ↑pectus, ↑axial skeleton * * * noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • rib cage — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms rib cage : singular rib cage plural rib cages the bones that curve around the chest and protect organs such as the lungs and heart …   English dictionary

  • rib cage — /ˈrɪb keɪdʒ/ (say rib kayj) noun the enclosing wall of the chest consisting mainly of the ribs and their connective tissues …   Australian English dictionary

  • rib cage — noun a) A part of the skeleton within the thoracic area consisting of ribs, sternum and thoracic vertebrae. b) The enclosed area created by and within the ribs. Syn: thoracic cage …   Wiktionary

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