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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We believe the lung herniation presented here was likely caused by a combination of events including denervation of muscle in the third intercostal space, resulting from distant VATS, and soft tissue damage from radiation.
A 35-YEAR-OLD MAN came to our clinic for treatment of a slightly pruritic rash that had begun as a singular, annular erythematous plaque at the sixth intercostal space. The initial plaque erupted around the time he'd had a cold, with fever.
An elective thoracotomy in the sixth intercostal space was performed with repairing the diaphragmatic hernia (figure 2).
A right lateral thoracotomy incision was extended through the 9th intercostal space caudal to 9th rib in order to open the thoracic cavity and expose the diaphragm (Fig.
Examination revealed cardiomegaly with the apex in the sixth intercostal space in the anterior axillary line.
After physical restriction of animals, upper and mid one-third part of lateral thorax surface, between 3 to 7 right intercostal space, after washing, mentioned areas were cleaned and studied.
Posterolateral thoracotomy was performed via fifth intercostal space. Reddish, solid, homogeneous, encapsulated, round mass was found in the basal segment of the lower lobe.
Heart: Regular rate and rhythm with a high-pitched holosystolic murmur heard at the left sternal border at the 4th intercostal space. Pulses equal with 1-2+ amplitude bilaterally.
Cardiovascular examination revealed the apex beat in the right 5th intercostal space with mild tachycardia.

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