American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Located or occurring between the ribs.
- n. A space, muscle, or part situated between the ribs.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Situated or intervening between successive ribs of the same side of the body: as, intercostal muscles, vessels, spaces.
- n. An intercostal structure, as an artery, and especially a muscle; an intercostalis. The intercostals are two layers of muscular fibers occupying the intercostal spaces, running obliquely, and for the most part between any two successive ribs. They are respiratory in function.
- In iron ship-building, noting a structural member composed of a number of short pieces fitted in the spaces between a series of other continuous structural members which it crosses: as, an intercostal floorplate, one in which the floor is in short pieces between the longitudinals; an intercostal keelson, intercostal longitudinal, one in short pieces between the frames; an intercostal angle-bar, intercostal seam-strap, one in short pieces between frames or deck-beams, etc.
- adj. anatomy Between the ribs of an animal or person.
- adj. nautical Between the ribs of a boat.
- n. anatomy The intercostal muscles.
- n. anatomy Something that is between the ribs of an animal.
- n. nautical Hull reinforcing inserted between frames or bulkheads of a boat.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Anat. & Physiol.) Between the ribs; pertaining to, or produced by, the parts between the ribs.
- n. muscles between the ribs; they contract during inspiration
- adj. located or occurring between the ribs
- New Latin intercostālis : inter- + Latin costa, rib; see kost- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The ribs are situated one below the other in such a manner that spaces called intercostal spaces are left between them.”
“Eleven of them are situated between the ribs, and are therefore termed intercostal; the twelfth lies below the last rib.”
“The ribs are moved in respiration by two superficial muscular layers, known as the intercostal muscles.”
“Before Wednesday's game, the Mets placed pitcher Jon Niese on the disabled list with a strained intercostal muscle on his right side.”
“He was able to call on Jason Bay, who missed the Mets' dreadful 18-game start to the season with a strained intercostal muscle.”
“By its deep surface, it is in relation with the Lumbar fascia, the Serratus posticus inferior, the lower external intercostal muscles and ribs, inferior angle of the scapula, Rhomboideus major, Infraspinatus, and Teres major. [p. 313]”
“And yeah, I know there are no leopards in Brazil, and that there's no such bone as an "intercostal clavicle" So what.”
“Upper costal breathing involves the upper third of your chest, moving primarily the intercostal muscles that connect the ribs.”
“This strain was pulling on the twelfth intercostal nerve in my thoracic region, and the ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric nerves that travel behind the kidneys.”
“She said that my right shoulder girdle maintained a line of tension down to my left abdomen via abdominal obliques and intercostal muscles.”
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