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Situated between the ribs:‘the fifth left intercostal space’
- ‘There were extremely large and tortuous intercostal arteries.’
- ‘There were 3 smaller satellite lesions occupying the left first, fifth, and eighth intercostal spaces.’
- ‘A left posterolateral thoracotomy was performed in the 5th intercostal space.’
- ‘The diaphragm electrode was inserted at the ventral end of the seventh or eighth intercostal space.’
- ‘Referral to a subspecialist also may be considered for patients who have more generalized pain related to irritation of a thoracic or intercostal nerve root.’
A muscle situated between the ribs.
- ‘Since publication of this study, there has not been an adequate explanation of the role of the internal intercostals and the external intercostals during breathing.’
- ‘Three days later, the diaphragm and parasternal intercostals contained numerous inflammatory cells and necrotic muscle fibers.’
- ‘When he stood up his respiration was maintained by his intercostals.’
- ‘The muscle between the ribs is called an intercostal and it allows the rib cage to open and close like a bellows as we inhale and exhale.’
- ‘The abdominal muscles contract and are resisted by the intercostals and diaphragm.’
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