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.
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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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