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thoracotomy Line breaks: thora|cot¦omy
Pronunciation: /ˌθɔːrəˈkɒtəmi/

Definition of thoracotomy in English:


[mass 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.


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

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