Definition of intercostal in English:

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intercostal

Pronunciation: /ˌɪntəˈkɒst(ə)l/
Anatomy

adjective

Situated between the ribs: the fifth left intercostal space
More example sentences
  • The diaphragm electrode was inserted at the ventral end of the seventh or eighth intercostal space.
  • There were 3 smaller satellite lesions occupying the left first, fifth, and eighth intercostal spaces.
  • Referral to a subspecialist also may be considered for patients who have more generalized pain related to irritation of a thoracic or intercostal nerve root.

noun

A muscle situated between the ribs.
Example sentences
  • Three days later, the diaphragm and parasternal intercostals contained numerous inflammatory cells and necrotic muscle fibers.
  • Since publication of this study, there has not been an adequate explanation of the role of the internal intercostals and the external intercostals during breathing.
  • When he stood up his respiration was maintained by his intercostals.

Derivatives

intercostally

adverb

Words that rhyme with intercostal

hostel, Pentecostal
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