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 Short hops Dylan Floro, on the injured list with an intercostal strain, logged a 25-pitch bullpen session Monday at Petco Park. Los Angeles Times, "Hyun-Jin Ryu insists he isn’t tired, but Dodgers ease his workload anyway," 26 Aug. 2019 Missions catcher David Freitas, another possible September call-up on the 40-man roster, has been sidelined with an intercostal strain. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cardinals 12, Brewers 2: Gonzalez gets shelled as Brewers drop first game of crucial stretch," 26 Aug. 2019 Here's how McCann left Sunday’s 8-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays early after suffering a left intercostal spasm and was replaced by Hicks in the seventh inning. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "James McCann returning to Detroit Tigers lineup for Game 2 vs. Yankees," 4 June 2018 Upper-body stretches help optimize your oxygen intake and strengthen the intercostal muscles lining the ribs., "3 exercises for beating the afternoon slump," 24 Apr. 2018 Rookie Billy McKinney, called up on the second day of the season when Aaron Hicks went on the disabled list with an intercostal muscle strain, exited Saturday’s game in the first inning after colliding with the outfield wall. Dan Gartland,, "Video: Yankees Rookie Billy McKinney Injured After Crashing Into Wall," 31 Mar. 2018 Perez has missed three straight games while battling an intercostal strain in his right side. Rustin Dodd, kansascity, "Danny Duffy returned on Sunday. It was the only good news in a 3-2 loss by the Royals," 17 Sep. 2017 Griffin has been on the disabled list since May 27 with a left intercostal strain. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "A.J. Griffin making his first start in two months on Thursday," 2 Aug. 2017 Left-hander Grant Dayton was placed on the 10-day DL with a left intercostal strain. J.p. Hoornstra, Orange County Register, "Franklin Gutierrez bides his time while Dodgers’ southpaw struggles continue," 18 Apr. 2017

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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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“Intercostal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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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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