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intercostal

[in-ter-kos-tl, -kaw-stl] /ˌɪn tərˈkɒs tl, -ˈkɔ stl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to muscles, parts, or intervals between the ribs.
2.
situated between the ribs.
3.
Shipbuilding. noting a structural member situated between or divided by continuous members, as frames or keelsons.
noun
4.
an intercostal muscle, member, or space.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Neo-Latin intercostālis. See inter-, costal
Related forms
intercostally, adverb
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Examples from the web for intercostal
  • He's battling an injured intercostal muscle on his right side.
  • The ribs are situated one below the other in such a manner that spaces called intercostal spaces are left between them.
  • The intercostal muscles are located in spaces between the ribs.
  • The intercostal muscles simultaneously relax, further decreasing the volume of the lungs.
British Dictionary definitions for intercostal

intercostal

/ˌɪntəˈkɒstəl/
adjective
1.
(anatomy) between the ribs: intercostal muscles
Word Origin
C16: via New Latin from Latin inter- + costa rib
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Word Origin and History for intercostal
adj.

"between the ribs," 1590s; see inter- + costal.

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intercostal in Medicine

intercostal in·ter·cos·tal (ĭn'tər-kŏs'təl)
adj.
Located or occurring between the ribs. n.
A space, muscle, or part situated between the ribs.

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