Definition of intercostal in English:

intercostal

adjective

Anatomy
  • Situated between the ribs.

    ‘the fifth left intercostal space’
    • ‘There were extremely large and tortuous intercostal arteries.’
    • ‘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 left posterolateral thoracotomy was performed in the 5th intercostal space.’
    • ‘There were 3 smaller satellite lesions occupying the left first, fifth, and eighth intercostal spaces.’
    • ‘The diaphragm electrode was inserted at the ventral end of the seventh or eighth intercostal space.’

noun

Anatomy
  • A muscle situated between the ribs.

    • ‘Another name for something similar to Tietze's syndrome is costal chondritis, which is the inflammation of the intercostals between the ribs.’
    • ‘Fold your left leg over your right knee and cross over with your elbows to hit the transverse abdominus, intercostals and obliques.’

Pronunciation:

intercostal

/ˌin(t)ərˈkästəl/