Definition of thoracotomy in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˌTHôrəˈkädəmē/


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.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: tho·ra·cot·o·my

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.