floating rib


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floating rib

any rib of the lower two pairs of ribs in man, which are not attached to the breastbone

floating rib

[¦flōd·iŋ ′rib]
(anatomy)
One of the last two ribs in humans which have the anterior end free.
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Next Monday, as part of a UK and Ireland tour, the floating rib and cheek fragments from which 13th century Franciscan from Padua will visit St Mary's Cathedral in Middlesbrough?
Horizontal-carry shoulder holsters are best for normal carry guns, and they're worn high near the armpit --not low near the floating rib like so many catalog pictures show.
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