intercostal

[ in-ter-kos-tl, -kaw-stl ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈkɒs tl, -ˈkɔ stl /

adjective

pertaining to muscles, parts, or intervals between the ribs.
situated between the ribs.
Shipbuilding. noting a structural member situated between or divided by continuous members, as frames or keelsons.

noun

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

OTHER WORDS FROM intercostal

in·ter·cos·tal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for intercostal

intercostal
/ (ˌɪntəˈkɒstəl) /

adjective

anatomy between the ribsintercostal muscles

Word Origin for intercostal

C16: via New Latin from Latin inter- + costa rib
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Medical definitions for intercostal

intercostal
[ ĭn′tər-kŏstəl ]

adj.

Located or occurring between the ribs.

n.

A space, muscle, or part situated between the ribs.
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