subcostalis

noun
sub·​cos·​ta·​lis | \ ˌsəb-käs-ˈtā-ləs How to pronounce subcostalis (audio) \
plural subcostales\ -​ˌlēz How to pronounce subcostales (audio) \

Medical Definition of subcostalis

: any of a variable number of small muscles that arise on the inner surface of a rib, are inserted into the inner surface of the second or third rib below, and probably function to draw adjacent ribs together

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“Subcostalis.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/subcostalis. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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