false rib


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false rib

n.
Any of the lower ribs that do not unite directly with the sternum. The five lower pairs of ribs in humans are false ribs.

false′ rib′


n.
any of the lower five ribs on either side of the body, which are not directly attached to the sternum.
[1490–1500]
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This is probably due to the variability in the detachment of the eighth rib from the sternum as it transitions into a false rib.