Definition of Intercostal muscle

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

Exact synonyms: Intercostal, Musculus Intercostalis
Generic synonyms: Skeletal Muscle, Striated Muscle
Derivative terms: Intercostal

Medical Definition of Intercostal muscle

1. Muscle tissue between two ribs. This muscle is a type called skeletal muscle. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Intercostal Muscle

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

Literary usage of Intercostal muscle

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)
"At the back of the chest they lie between the pleura and the External intercostal muscle, but are soon placed between the two planes of Intercostal ..."

2. The Journal of Physiology by Physiological Society (Great Britain). (1880)
"... united only by the internal intercostal muscle and the pleura, and connected with the rest of the body by a band of tissues consisting of the ..."

3. The Comparative anatomy of the domesticated animals by Auguste Chauveau (1887)
"... which, when it acts singly, it inclines to one side. It may also take part in expiration. 6. Common intercostal muscle. (Fig. 106, 5.) Synonyms. ..."

4. Manual of Practical Anatomy by Daniel John Cunningham (1921)
"Follow the nerve through the internal intercostal muscle. It reaches the deep surface of the muscle at the junction of the cartilage with the bone of the ..."

5. Quain's Elements of Anatomy by Jones Quain, Allen Thomson, George Dancer Thane (1882)
"G4G) that the direct galvanic stimulation of the external intercostal muscle throughout the fifth space caused the lower rib to rise towards :he upper, ..."

6. An Elementary Treatise on Human Anatomy by Joseph Leidy (1889)
"The external intercostal muscle * starts behind in the position of the tubercle of the ribs, ... The internal intercostal muscle,* thinner than the former, ..."

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