[in-ter-kos-tl, -kaw-stl] /ˌɪn tərˈkɒs tl, -ˈkɔ stl/
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.
an intercostal muscle, member, or space.
(anatomy) between the ribs: intercostal muscles
“between the ribs,” 1590s; see inter- + costal.
intercostal in·ter·cos·tal (ĭn’tər-kŏs’təl)
Located or occurring between the ribs. n.
A space, muscle, or part situated between the ribs.
- Intercostal artery
intercostal artery n.
- Intercostal membrane
intercostal membrane n. Any of the membranous layers between the ribs.
- Intercostal nerve
intercostal nerve n. Any of the ventral branches of the thoracic nerves.
- Intercostal space
intercostal space n. The interval between each rib.