Definition of subcostal in English:

subcostal

adjective

Anatomy
  • Beneath a rib; below the ribs.

    • ‘A tender, fluctuant 8-cm mass was felt in the right upper quadrant, several centimeters inferior to a subcostal scar from a previous open cholecystectomy.’
    • ‘A light blow delivered to the right subcostal area may elicit a marked increase in pain.’
    • ‘The parietal branches include the posterior intercostal, subcostal, and the superior phrenic.’
    • ‘Then a left subcostal incision was performed, and the hemidiaphragm was exposed.’
    • ‘Nine months after the initial diagnosis, the patient had a second exploratory laparotomy via a bilateral subcostal incision.’

Pronunciation

subcostal

/sʌbˈkɒst(ə)l/