Definition of costal in English:

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costal

Pronunciation: /ˈkästəl/

adjective

1Relating to the ribs.
Example sentences
  • Mori has reported the vertebral, costal, and scapular origins as follows.
  • The rectus abdominis muscle inserts at the fifth through seventh costal cartilage, and it helps flex the vertebral column and provide support for the torso.
  • He had subsequent radical excision of the recurrent nodule, including surrounding abdominal wall, costal cartilages, and ribs.
1.1 Anatomy & Zoology Relating to a costa.
Example sentences
  • The neural and costal plates of the dorsal disk form as the outgrowths of these endoskeletal bones.
  • In awake dogs, Easton and coworkers observed significant postinspiratory inspiratory activity in the crural diaphragm and external intercostals, but little or no such activity in the parasternal intercostals and costal diaphragm.
  • We investigated the in situ properties of the mitochondria of costal diaphragm and external intercostal muscles using the skinned fiber technique in 9 emphysematous and 11 age-matched control patients.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from French, from modern Latin costalis, from Latin costa 'rib'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: cos·tal

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