Thorax

Dr Daniel J Bell and Dr Tim Luijkx et al.

The thorax (plural: thoraces) also known as the chest, refers to that anatomical region of the body containing the heart and lungsthoracic aorta, great vessels and surrounding structures, all contained within the thoracic cavity. It also includes the thoracic skeleton, including the thoracic spine, and structures of the chest wall. It is contiguous superiorly with the neck, and inferiorly with the abdomen.

This anatomy section promotes the use of the Terminologia Anatomica, the international standard of anatomical nomenclature. 

Anatomy: Radiological

The anatomy section is organized into seven expandable chapters based on regional body systems:

Anatomy: Thoracic

Thorax

Anatomy: General

Article information

rID: 33448
System: Chest, Spine, Vascular
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Thoraces
  • Thoracic anatomy
  • Chest
  • Thorax anatomy
  • Anatomy of thorax
  • Anatomy of the thorax
  • Chest anatomy
  • Anatomy of the chest

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