false ribs


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false ribs

pl n
(Anatomy) any of the lower five pairs of ribs in man, attached behind to the thoracic vertebrae but in front not attached directly to the breastbone. See floating rib
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The remaining five are false ribs; the cartilages of eighth to tenth usually join the superjacent costal cartilage whereas eleventh and twelfth ribs are free at the anterior ends (1).