Thoracic skeleton

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thoracic skeleton
The human rib cage
Latin skeleton thoracis
TA A02.3.00.001
FMA FMA:77169
Anatomical terms of bone

The thoracic skeleton is a component of the axial skeleton.

It consists of the ribs and sternum.The ribs of the thorax are numbered in ascending order from 1-12. 11 & 12 are known as floating ribs because they have no anterior attachment point in particular the cartilage attached to the sternum, as 1-7 are, and therefore are termed "floating". Whereas ribs 8-10 are termed false ribs as their costal cartilage articulates with the rib aboves costal cartilage.