intercostal space

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1. a delimited area.
2. an actual or potential cavity of the body.
3. the areas of the universe beyond the earth and its atmosphere. adj., adj spa´tial.
danger space a subdivision of the retropharyngeal space, extending from the base of the skull to the level of the diaphragm; so called because it provides a route by which infection of the pharynx can spread to the mediastinum.
dead space see dead space.
epidural space the space between the dura mater and the lining of the spinal canal.
intercostal space the space between two adjacent ribs.
interpleural space mediastinum.
interproximal space (interproximate space) the space between the proximal surfaces of adjoining teeth; called also proximal or proximate space.
intervillous space the space of the placenta into which the chorionic villi project and through which the maternal blood circulates.
lymph s's open spaces filled with lymph in connective or other tissue, especially in the brain and meninges.
Meckel's space a recess in the dura mater that lodges the trigeminal ganglion.
mediastinal space mediastinum.
medullary space the central cavity and the intervals between the trabeculae of bone that contain the marrow.
palmar space a large fascial space in the hand, divided by a fibrous septum into a midpalmar and a thenar space.
parasinoidal s's spaces in the dura mater along the superior sagittal sinus which receive the venous blood.
perivascular space a lymph space within the walls of an artery.
plantar space a fascial space on the sole of the foot, divided by septa into the lateral, middle, and median plantar spaces.
pneumatic space a portion of bone occupied by air-containing cells, especially the spaces constituting the paranasal sinuses.
proximal space (proximate space) interproximal space.
retroperitoneal space the space between the peritoneum and the posterior abdominal wall.
retropharyngeal space the space behind the pharynx, containing areolar tissue.
subarachnoid space the space between the arachnoid and the pia mater, containing cerebrospinal fluid.
subdural space a narrow fluid-containing space, often only a potential space, between the dura mater and the arachnoid.
subphrenic space the space between the diaphragm and underlying organs.
subumbilical space somewhat triangular space in the body cavity beneath the umbilicus.
Tenon's space a lymph space between the sclera and Tenon's capsule.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

in·ter·cos·tal space

an interval between the ribs, occupied by intercostal muscles, veins, arteries, and nerves.
Synonym(s): spatium intercostale [TA]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

in·ter·cos·tal space

(in'tĕr-kos'tăl spās) [TA]
An interval between the ribs, occupied by intercostal muscles, veins, arteries, and nerves.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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In the first place, the motions of the heart may be seen and felt much more plainly and widely than usual, drawing in the intercostal spaces at each systole.
According to patient's statement, he suffered from caught with a lasso around the neck in a traffic accident, and as it was reported in medical records, repeated thoracentesis procedures were performed from 5 to 6 intercostal spaces in the anterior axillary line, bilaterally.
Movement was observed in the right and left hemi thorax and in different intercostal spaces in the pleural cavity.
Previous studies have reported extensive assessment of the lung by examining a great number of intercostal spaces, which is difficult and time consuming.
Recording ECGs by placing the right precordial leads at higher intercostal spaces increases the sensitivity for detecting Brugada syndrome.
The previously applied skin sutures and skin was removed and exhaustive exploration of subcutaneous and muscular tissue was done in the ventral 6th, 7th and 8th intercostal spaces, but unsuccessful.
A chest radiograph shows the elevation of the affected hemidiaphragm; a shadow of the left eventrated hemidiaphragm should be at least one intercostal space raised with respect to the right and 2 intercostal spaces if it is the opposite side [13].
The lesion was protruding anterolaterally into the extrapleural space through the 6th and 7th right intercostal spaces (Figure 3).
Placing the V1 and V2 leads in the second intercostal spaces raises the specificity of ECG for exposing the BrS pattern, especially during a drug challenge [8].
Intercostal muscles, nerves and vessels are located in the 11 pairs of intercostal spaces between the ribs.
In the flamingos, the heart was situated in between the 1st and 3rd intercostal spaces. It was observed that two brachiocephalic trunks originated from the ascending aorta at the level of the cardiac base (Fig.

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