Floating rib


Floating rib
Floating rib
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The four floating ribs (indicated with red arrows)
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The six lower ribs on a woman (left) and a man. The four floating ribs are small, especially on a woman.
Latin costae fluctuantes, costae fluitantes

Floating ribs are four atypical ribs (two lowermost pairs, XI-XII) in the human ribcage. They are called so because they are attached to the vertebrae only, and not to the sternum or cartilage coming off of the sternum. Some people are missing one of the two pairs. Others have a third pair. Most, however, possess only two pairs.[citation needed]

Their position can be permanently altered by a form of body modification called tightlacing, which uses a corset to compress and move the ribs.

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  • Floating rib — One of the last two ribs. A rib is said to be floating if it does not attach to the sternum (the breast bone) or to another rib. There are usually 12 pairs of ribs in all. Each pair of ribs is attached to the building blocks of the spine (the… …   Medical dictionary

  • floating rib — noun : a rib not connected with the sternum or cartilages of other ribs ventrally, in man being the 11th and 12th on each side * * * ˌfloating ˈrib 7 [floating rib] (also ˌfalse ˈrib) noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • floating rib — noun Date: 1831 a rib (as one of either of the last two pairs in humans) that has no attachment to the sternum compare false rib …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • floating rib — n. (Anatomy) rib that is not attached to the sternum (one of the last two ribs) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • floating rib — float′ing rib′ n. anat. any member of the two lowest pairs of ribs, not attached to the sternum or the cartilages of other ribs …   From formal English to slang

  • floating rib — /floʊtɪŋ ˈrɪb/ (say flohting rib) noun one of the two lowest pairs of ribs in humans, which are attached neither to the sternum nor to the cartilages of other ribs …   Australian English dictionary

  • floating rib — Anat. one member of the two lowest pairs of ribs, which are attached neither to the sternum nor to the cartilages of other ribs. [1825 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • floating rib — noun any of the lower ribs which are not attached directly to the breastbone …   English new terms dictionary

  • Rib — One of the 12 paired arches of bone which form the skeletal structure of the chest wall (the rib cage). The ribs attach to the building blocks of the spine (vertebrae) in the back. The 12 pairs of ribs consist of: True ribs: The first seven ribs… …   Medical dictionary

  • rib — n. 1) to poke smb. in the ribs 2) a false; floating rib 3) (misc.) to break, fracture a rib * * * [rɪb] floating rib fracture a rib (misc.) to break a false to poke smb. in the ribs …   Combinatory dictionary


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