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Etymology

An x-ray image of the human chest (5).

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

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Noun

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chest

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chest ({{{1}}})
  1. A box, now usually a large strong box with a secure lid.
  2. (obsolete) A coffin.
  3. The place in which public money is kept; a treasury.
  4. A chest of drawers.
  5. (anatomy) 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.

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