in·​ter·​cos·​tal | \ ˌin-tər-ˈkä-stᵊl How to pronounce intercostal (audio) \

Definition of intercostal

: situated or extending between the ribs intercostal spaces intercostal muscles

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Other Words from intercostal

intercostal noun

Examples of intercostal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Twins played their final playoff game against Houston without third baseman Josh Donaldson (calf) and center fielder Byron Buxton (undisclosed) in the starting lineup, and catcher Mitch Garver's intercostal strain cost him his starting job. Chris Miller, Star Tribune, 1 Apr. 2021 Laureano did not play Tuesday due to left side soreness and his issue is believed to involve the intercostal muscle, Melvin said. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Mar. 2021 Wick’s intercostal injury might force him to miss the first few weeks of the season. Meghan Montemurro,, 7 Mar. 2021 Mitch Garver was limited to 23 games in 2020 partly because of an intercostal strain. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, 20 Feb. 2021 The Twins have played 10 games since Garver strained an intercostal muscle in his rib cage, and Avila and Ryan Jeffers have each started five of them. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, 30 Aug. 2020 The Silver Slugger winner never gained any traction, getting off to a slow start, then being sidelined because of an intercostal strain. La Velle E. Neal Iii, Star Tribune, 2 Oct. 2020 Garver missed 27 games because of an intercostal strain and is hitting only .154 with one home run a season after his 30-homer breakthrough. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, 18 Sep. 2020 Among the latest reports: patella tendinitis; right intercostal strain; right oblique; adductor. Star Tribune, 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of intercostal

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intercostal

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

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The first known use of intercostal was in 1597

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21 May 2021

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“Intercostal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for intercostal


in·​ter·​cos·​tal | \ ˌint-ər-ˈkäs-tᵊl How to pronounce intercostal (audio) \

Medical Definition of intercostal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: situated or extending between the ribs intercostal vessels intercostal spaces



Medical Definition of intercostal (Entry 2 of 2)

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


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