transversus thoracis


transversus tho·​ra·​cis -thə-ˈrā-səs How to pronounce transversus thoracis (audio)
: a thin flat sheet of muscle and tendon fibers of the anterior wall of the chest that arises especially from the xiphoid process and lower third of the sternum, inserts into the costal cartilages of the second to sixth ribs, and acts to draw the ribs downward

called also transverse thoracic muscle

Dictionary Entries Near transversus thoracis

Cite this Entry

“Transversus thoracis.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!