Definition of false rib in US English:

false rib


  • another term for floating rib
    • ‘True ribs attach to the sternum, false ribs do not, floating ribs are false ribs, the two at the bottom. They are broken more because of where they are.’
    • ‘There are five pairs of false ribs that do not connect with the sternum. The upper two pairs of false ribs are called floating ribs.’


false rib

/ˌfɔls ˈrɪb//ˌfôls ˈrib/