Rib cage - Definition

April 2017


Definition

The rib cage is part of the human body consisting of chest bones.
It consists of twelve vertebrae, twelve pairs of ribs and the sternum.

The rib cage has the function of protecting the lungs, heart, esophagus, intestines, trachea, nerves and lymph. It also helps to keep them in their place. It is connected to the clavicle, scapula and the cervical spine in its upper part, and lumbar spine, in its lower part.

Schema

Related

Original article published by . Translated by Crashounette. Latest update on August 20, 2014 at 05:49 AM by christelle.b.
This document, titled "Rib cage - Definition," is available under the Creative Commons license. Any copy, reuse, or modification of the content should be sufficiently credited to CCM Health (health.ccm.net).