The Intercostales interni
) are eleven in number on either side. They commence anteriorly at the sternum
, in the interspaces between the cartilages of the true ribs
, and at the anterior extremities of the cartilages of the false ribs, and extend backward as far as the angles of the ribs, whence they are continued to the vertebral column
by thin aponeuroses
, the posterior intercostal membranes.
Each arises from the ridge on the inner surface of a rib, as well as from the corresponding costal cartilage, and is inserted into the upper border of the rib below.
Their fibers are also directed obliquely, but pass in a direction opposite to those of the Intercostales externi.
- - "The Internal Intercostal Muscle"
- - "Transverse section of thorax."