What Are Floating Ribs?

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A floating rib is a rib which is attached to the vertebrae on the spine, but is not attached to the sternum. Most people in the world have two pairs of floating ribs which are the lowermost pairs of ribs on a rib cage, whereas others have three or just one pair of floating ribs. Interesting enough, the function of a floating rib is undefined and unknown.
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i thought about that question too and i kept looking for an answer but this is all i could find: The function of the floating ribs is not fully understood. A floating rib could theoretically
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n. A false rib whose anterior end is unattached. The lowest two pairs of human ribs are floating ribs.
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The last two false ribs usually have no ventral attachment and are called floating,
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Not MD advice: Floating rib is any of the two lowest pairs of ribs with no anterior attachment to the sternum. Also called vertebral rib. report this answer. Updated on Thursday,
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floating rib
NOUN [ANATOMY]
1.
one member of the two lowest pairs of ribs, which are attached neither to the sternum nor to the cartilages of other ribs.
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Floating ribs are ribs that are not attached to the sternum (the breast bone) or to other ribs. In total, there are usually 12 pairs of ribs and most people have the 11th and 12th pairs of ribs as floating ribs. Floating ribs are very normal and they are held in place by numerous attachments.
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