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Descriptor English: Ribs
Descriptor Spanish: Costillas
Descriptor Portuguese: Costelas
Descriptor French: Côtes
Entry term(s): Rib
Tree number(s): A02.835.232.570.500
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D012272
Scope note: A set of twelve curved bones which connect to the vertebral column posteriorly, and terminate anteriorly as costal cartilage. Together, they form a protective cage around the internal thoracic organs.
Annotation: /inj permitted: do not coordinate with THORACIC INJURIES but note RIB FRACTURES is available
Allowable Qualifiers: AB abnormalities
AH anatomy & histology
BS blood supply
CH chemistry
CY cytology
DE drug effects
DG diagnostic imaging
EM embryology
EN enzymology
GD growth & development
IM immunology
IN injuries
IR innervation
ME metabolism
MI microbiology
PA pathology
PH physiology
PP physiopathology
PS parasitology
RE radiation effects
SU surgery
TR transplantation
UL ultrastructure
VI virology
Related: Tietze's Syndrome MeSH
DeCS ID: 12681
Unique ID: D012272
Documents indexed in the Virtual Health Library (VHL): Click here to access the VHL documents
Date Established: 1966/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2018/06/29
Ribs - Preferred
Concept UI M0019083
Scope note A set of twelve curved bones which connect to the vertebral column posteriorly, and terminate anteriorly as costal cartilage. Together, they form a protective cage around the internal thoracic organs.
Preferred term Ribs
Entry term(s) Rib



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