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intercostal

[in-ter-kos-tl, -kaw-stl]
adjective
  1. pertaining to muscles, parts, or intervals between the ribs.
  2. situated between the ribs.
  3. Shipbuilding. noting a structural member situated between or divided by continuous members, as frames or keelsons.
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noun
  1. an intercostal muscle, member, or space.
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Origin of intercostal

From the New Latin word intercostālis, dating back to 1590–1600. See inter-, costal
Related formsin·ter·cos·tal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for intercostal

intercostal

adjective
  1. anatomy between the ribsintercostal muscles
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Word Origin

C16: via New Latin from Latin inter- + costa rib
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Word Origin and History for intercostal

adj.

"between the ribs," 1590s; see inter- + costal.

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intercostal in Medicine

intercostal

(ĭn′tər-kŏstəl)
adj.
  1. Located or occurring between the ribs.
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n.
  1. A space, muscle, or part situated between the ribs.
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