intercostal

adjective in·ter·cos·tal \ ˌin-tər-ˈkä-stᵊl \

Definition of intercostal

:situated or extending between the ribs
  • intercostal spaces
  • intercostal muscles

intercostal

noun

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Origin and Etymology of intercostal

New Latin intercostalis, from Latin inter- + costa rib — more at coast


Medical Dictionary

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intercostal

adjective in·ter·cos·tal \ ˌint-ər-ˈkäs-tᵊl \

medical Definition of intercostal

:situated or extending between the ribs
  • intercostal vessels
  • intercostal spaces

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intercostal

noun

medical Definition of intercostal

:an intercostal part or structure (as a muscle or nerve)

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