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

Other Words from intercostal

intercostal noun

Examples of intercostal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Costal breathing refers to shallow breathing, in which your intercostal muscles (the muscles between the ribs) are used to inhale and expel air, Dr. Khurana says. Emilia Benton, SELF, 4 Aug. 2022 Guardians manager Terry Francona had described the injury as a mild intercostal strain. Marc Bona, cleveland, 26 July 2022 Then Winker re-aggravated his intercostal injury on a swing in the eighth inning of his first game back. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 25 Sep. 2021 When the Cincinnati Reds saw their postseason hopes fading during September, Jesse Winker cut short his rehab assignment from an intercostal strain to try to ignite the team. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 19 Oct. 2021 Winker was sidelined for a month with an intercostal strain, a rib cage injury. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 18 Sep. 2021 Jesse Winker, sidelined for the past month with an intercostal strain, began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 15 Sep. 2021 Jeffers started both games ahead of Mitch Garver, who hit 31 homers in 2019 but had his 2020 season wrecked by an intercostal injury. Chris Miller, Star Tribune, 1 Oct. 2020 Winker has been sidelined with an intercostal strain. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 30 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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13 Aug 2022

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“Intercostal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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