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    Ribs: True or False?

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    (a) What is a true rib? A false rib? (b) Is a floating rib a true rib or a false rib? (c) Why are floating ribs easily broken

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    There are 12 pairs of ribs.

    The first through seventh pairs have a direct anterior attachment to the sternum by a strip of hyaline cartilage called "costal cartilage." These ribs are called "true ribs." Another name for them is vertebrosternal ribs.

    The ...

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    This solution distinguishes the differences between regular and floating ribs. Why floating ribs are easily broken are determined.