thoracic cage

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cage

 [kāj]
a box or enclosure.
rib cage (thoracic cage) the bony structure enclosing the thorax, consisting of the ribs, vertebral column, and sternum.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

tho·rac·ic cage

[TA]
the skeleton of the thorax consisting of the thoracic vertebrae, ribs, costal cartilages, and sternum plus or minus the xiphoid.
Synonym(s): compages thoracis
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tho·rac·ic cage

(thōr-as'ik kāj) [TA]
The skeleton of the thorax consisting of the thoracic vertebrae, ribs, costal cartilages, and sternum.
Synonym(s): cavea thoracis [TA] .
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

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As Zemlin states, "Throughout every breath cycle the lung surfaces are held tightly in contact with the inner surface of the thoracic walls.".