costal respiration


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tho·rac·ic res·pi·ra·tion

respiration effected chiefly by the action of the intercostal and other muscles that raise the ribs, causing expansion of the chest.
Synonym(s): costal respiration

costal respiration

Respiration in which the chest cavity expands by raising the ribs.
See also: respiration