Definition of Intercostal

1. Noun. Muscles between the ribs; they contract during inspiration.

2. Adjective. Located or occurring between the ribs. "Intercostal muscles"
Category relationships: Anatomy, General Anatomy
Partainyms: Rib

Definition of Intercostal

1. a. Between the ribs; pertaining to, or produced by, the parts between the ribs; as, intercostal respiration, in which the chest is alternately enlarged and contracted by the intercostal muscles.

Definition of Intercostal

1. Adjective. (anatomy) Between the ribs of an animal or person. ¹

2. Adjective. (nautical) Between the ribs of a boat. ¹

3. Noun. (anatomy) The intercostal muscles. ¹

4. Noun. (anatomy) Something that is between the ribs of an animal. ¹

5. Noun. (nautical) Hull reinforcing inserted between frames or bulkheads of a boat. ¹

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Definition of Intercostal

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Medical Definition of Intercostal

1. Situated between the ribs. Origin: L. Costa = rib This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Intercostal

intercornual ligament
intercostal (current term)
intercostal anaesthesia
intercostal arteries
intercostal artery
intercostal ligaments
intercostal lymph nodes
intercostal membranes
intercostal muscle
intercostal muscles
intercostal nerves
intercostal neuralgia
intercostal space
intercostal vein
intercostal veins

Literary usage of Intercostal

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"intercostal Fasci».—A thin but firm layer of fascia covers the outer surface of the External intercostal and the inner surface'of the Internal intercostal ..."

2. Anatomy, Descriptive and Applied by Henry Gray (1913)
"It begins immediately below the cartilage of the right first rib close to the sternum, and, descending vertically behind the first and second intercostal ..."

3. Cunningham's Manual of Practical Anatomy by Daniel John Cunningham, Arthur Robinson (1914)
"intercostal muscles and are carried medially, first anterior to the pleura, ... This description holds good for the upper five intercostal nerves only. ..."

4. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1896)
"A diagnosis of internal hemorrhage from an intercostal artery was made and ... It was found that the intercostal muscles had been penetrated by the weapon. ..."

5. The Comparative anatomy of the domesticated animals by Auguste Chauveau (1887)
"The inferior and suj>erior branches of the first four intercostal arteries emanate solely from the trunk which furnishes them, and which is the superior ..."

6. A Text-book of Practical Medicine: With Particular Reference to Physiology by Felix von Niemeyer (1883)
"WE designate as intercostal neuralgia the morbid excitement of one or several spinal nerves, particularly of those which as intercostal nerves pass along ..."

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