Describes the chest area of the body, i.e., the area below the neck that is encased in ribs. Thoracic vertebrae are the bones of the spine in this region. A thoracic fracture is a break in the thoracic vertebrae.
The thoracic is that portion of the spinal column associated with the thorax or chest. Also referred to as the "dorsal vertebrae," the 12 spinal segments of the thoracic vertebrae extend from the neck to the lumbar vertebrae and give attachment to the ribs.