A torso is the trunk of a human body — minus arms, legs, and head. Anatomically, your torso's job is to protect your internal organs, like your heart, lungs, and kidney, which are all protected by your rib cage.

A statue of a torso in a museum, usually ancient Greek or Roman, is that of the trunk of a human body. These works of art, often carved from marble, are so old that they've frequently lost their arms and heads — but still, the sturdy torso remains. Before the word described an actual human, it meant only "trunk of a statue," from the Greek root thyrsos, "stalk or stem of a plant."

Definitions of torso
  1. noun
    the body excluding the head and neck and limbs
    synonyms: body, trunk
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    body part
    any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
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