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What are the different kinds of ribs?

The first six ribs each have their own specific attachment to the breast bone and are called the true ribs.

Ribs 7 through 10 all share one attachment to the breast bone and are called false ribs. Floating ribs are the last two ribs, which do not attach to the breast bone. (This answer provided for NATA by the University of Montana Athletic Training Education Program.)

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