My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Ask Your Question

WebMD Answers

120 Characters remaining
120 Characters remaining
  • First, try and keep your question as short as possible.
  • Include specific words that will help us identify questions that may already have your answer.
  • If you don't find your answer, you can post your question to WebMD Experts and Contributors.


Posted: | Report This Report Question |

Answers From Experts & Organizations (1)

Internal Medicine
Emory University
131 Answers
108,615 Helpful Votes

Both men and women have 24 ribs, twelve on each side. Each rib is attached to a spinal bone (thoracic vertebra) in the back. The first seven pairs of ribs join the breastbone (sternum) in the center of the chest. The front ends of the eighth, ninth, and 10th pairs are connected to the ribs above them. The 11th and 12th pairs are called “floating ribs,” because they are anchored in place only by connective tissue.

One in every few hundred people have an extra rib. These are called cervical ribs, because they arise from one of the spinal bones in the neck (cervical vertebrae).

This answer should not be considered medical advice...down arrowThis answer should not be considered medical advice and should not take the place of a doctor’s visit. Please see the bottom of the page for more information or visit our Terms and Conditions.up arrow

| Report This Report Answer

Was this helpful?


Thanks for your feedback.

1882 of 2363 found this helpful