paradoxical diaphragm phenomenon

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paradoxical diaphragm phenomenon n.
A phenomenon occurring in pyopneumothorax, hydropneumothorax, and some cases of injury in which the diaphragm on the affected side rises during inspiration and falls during expiration.

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