Visible Human, Coronal Section/Anterior Thorax

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The costal cartilages join the seven true ribs to the sternum, and the first three false ribs to the 7th true rib. The cartilagenous connections enhance the mobility and elasticity of the thoracic cage. This mobility allows the lungs to expand within the thorax during inspiration.

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lung | left ventricle | right ventricle | diaphragm | stomach | liver | pectoralis major |
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Module Name: a_vmY1649
Module Title: Visible Human, Coronal Section/Anterior Thorax
Image Info: Computer generated from gross transverse sections.
Created by: Lynn Bry
Last modified: Feb 7th, 1997

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