Definition of intercostal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌin(t)ərˈkästəl/


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.


A muscle situated between the ribs.
Example sentences
  • Fold your left leg over your right knee and cross over with your elbows to hit the transverse abdominus, intercostals and obliques.
  • Another name for something similar to Tietze's syndrome is costal chondritis, which is the inflammation of the intercostals between the ribs.




Words that rhyme with intercostal

hostel, Pentecostal

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Syllabification: in·ter·cos·tal

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