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Dictionary Definition



1 the part of the human body between the neck and the diaphragm or the corresponding part in other vertebrates [syn: thorax, pectus]
2 box with a lid; used for storage; usually large and sturdy
3 furniture with drawers for keeping clothes [syn: chest of drawers, bureau, dresser]

User Contributed Dictionary



ċest ‘box’ < Germanic *kistā < Latin cista < ‘chest, box, basket, hamper’. Cognates from Germanic include Dutch kist, German Kiste.


  • /ʧɛst/, /tSEst/
  • Rhymes with: -ɛst


  1. A box, now usually a large strong box with a secure lid.
  2. A coffin.
  3. The place in which public money is kept; a treasury.
  4. A chest of drawers.
  5. The portion of the human body from the base of the neck to the top of the abdomen; the thorax. Also the analogous area in other animals.


strong box
  • Polish: trumna
chest of drawers
  • Icelandic: kommóða
  • Polish: komoda
  • Russian: комод
  • Basque: torax
  • Bosnian: grudi
  • Catalan: tòrax
  • Chinese: (xīong), 胸部 (xīong bù)
  • Croatian: prsa
  • Czech: hruď
  • Dutch: romp, torso, thorax, borst
  • Esperanto: brusto
  • Finnish: rinta, rintakehä
  • French: poitrine
  • German: Brust
  • Greek: στήθος, στέρνο, θώρακας
  • Hebrew: חזה (khaze)
  • Hungarian: mellkas
  • Icelandic: bringa
  • trreq Ido
  • trreq Interlingua
  • Italian: petto
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: سنگ
  • Latin: pectus
  • trreq Occitan
  • Polish: klatka piersiowa
  • Portuguese: tórax, peito
  • Romanian: torace
  • trreq Romansch
  • Russian: грудь
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: груди , прса
    Roman: grudi , prsa
  • Slovak: hruď, hrudník
  • Slovene: oprsje, toraks
  • Spanish: pecho
  • Tagalog: dibdib

Extensive Definition

In humans, the portion of the chest protected by the ribcage is also called the thorax.

Chest anatomy - Other animals

In insects and other creatures with an exoskeleton, the area corresponding to the chest is called the thorax.
In four legged mammals, the mammary glands and nipples are located closer to the back legs, and are therefore not part of the chest. Otherwise, the anatomy contains similar internal organs in different configurations.

Chest injury

Injury to the chest (also referred to as chest trauma, thoracic injury, or thoracic trauma) results in up to ¼ of all deaths due to trauma in the United States.


See also

chest in Arabic: صدر
chest in Czech: Hrudník
chest in German: Brust
chest in Indonesian: Dada
chest in Pampanga: Salu
chest in Lithuanian: Krūtinė
chest in Lingala: Bontólo
chest in Japanese: 胸
chest in Quechua: Qhasqu
chest in Simple English: Chest
chest in Slovak: Hrudník
chest in Slovenian: Prsni koš
chest in Finnish: Rinta
chest in Swedish: Bröst (könsneutralt)
chest in Tagalog: Dibdib
chest in Thai: ทรวงอก

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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