Definition of costal in English:

costal

Line breaks: cos¦tal
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒst(ə)l
 
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adjective

  • 1Relating to the ribs.
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    • 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.
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    • 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'.

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