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Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.
The rib cage consists of 24 ribs (2 sets of 12), which are attached
to a long, flat bone in the center of the chest called the sternum. The ribs
are connected to the sternum with a strong, somewhat flexible material called
The rib cage help protects the organs in the chest, such as the heart
and lungs, from damage.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerHoward Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
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