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thoracotomy

Syllabification: tho·ra·cot·o·my
Pronunciation: /ˌTHôrəˈkätəmē
 
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Definition of thoracotomy in English:

noun

Surgical incision into the chest wall.
Example sentences
  • Techniques for pleurodesis include thoracotomy, thoracoscopy, chest tube insertion, and thoracentesis.
  • Some benefit has been observed when using epidural opiates alone for mastectomy, thoracotomy, extremity surgery and lower abdominal surgery.
  • The patient was subsequently referred to our hospital, where he underwent thoracotomy with left upper lobectomy and partial pericardiectomy.

Origin

late 19th century: from Greek thōrax, thorāc- 'chest' + -tomy.

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