Thoracic cavity

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The body cavity of the human body (and other animal bodies) protected by the thoracic walls, and located below the diaphragm and above the neck.


The thoracic cavity is that part of the ventral body cavity containing the following body structures:

Synonym: chest cavity, cavitas thoracis, cavum thoracis.
Compare: abdominopelvic cavity.
See also: ventral body cavity.