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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

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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Osseous abnormalities in the thoracic cage seen in forty thousand consecutive chest photoroentgenograms.
Functional parameters are reciprocally conditioned, after the premise that an oxygenated heart and a big pulmonar capacity, fact that is owed to the thoracic cage elasticity; there is an increased effort capacity, exprimated through the level of V[O.sub.2]max.
Chest X-ray, on admission, showed bilateral expansile lytic lesions with bony and soft tissue components deforming the adjacent thoracic cage and shifting the trachea to the left.
Musculoskeletal system tuberculosis mostly affects the vertebra and hip, and very rarely the thoracic cage (1%to 5%) (4).
This limitation of lung movement is however greatly compensated by the expansion of the thoracic cage and by flaring of lower ribs, thus altering the configuration of thoracic cage.
These epithelial cells taken from the thymus, an organ found in the thoracic cage, switch over from what they were originally created by the body to do and take up a novel role according to their new environment.
Osteoporotic vertebral fractures cause paravertebral spasm, pain, and thoracic spinal deformation and may affect the respiratory system by deforming the thoracic cage and adversely affecting the function of thoracic muscles.
Was the position of the trachea palpated, the thoracic cage percussed, auscultation of lung and heart sounds done?
Bilateral cervical doorbell test referred pain to the left anterior thoracic cage; the left cervical doorbell test also referred pain to the left posterior thoracic cage.
Obtrusion of lung tissue outside of the thoracic cage is an exceedingly rare entity, with fewer than 300 cases documented in current literature (1).
These studies demonstrated a thick pleural cortex and constriction of the thoracic cage. Chest CT was particularly useful for showing the pleural cortex, loculations, size of the empyema and evidence of constriction of the thoracic cage.
X-ray thoracoabdominal region (a) showing large elongated thoracic cage with scoliosis of the thoracic spine.