Meaning of intercostal in English:


Pronunciation /ɪntəˈkɒst(ə)l/


  • Situated between the ribs.

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


  • A muscle situated between the ribs.

    ‘Three days later, the diaphragm and parasternal intercostals contained numerous inflammatory cells and necrotic muscle fibers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When he stood up his respiration was maintained by his intercostals.’
    • ‘The abdominal muscles contract and are resisted by the intercostals and diaphragm.’
    • ‘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.’