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thoracentesis

[thawr-uh-sen-tee-sis, thohr-] /ˌθɔr ə sɛnˈti sɪs, ˌθoʊr-/
noun, plural thoracenteses
[thawr-uh-sen-tee-seez, thohr-] /ˌθɔr ə sɛnˈti siz, ˌθoʊr-/ (Show IPA)
1.
insertion of a hollow needle or similar instrument into the pleural cavity of the chest in order to drain pleural fluid.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; thora(c)- + centesis
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British Dictionary definitions for thoracentesis

thoracentesis

/ˌθɔːrəsɛnˈtiːsɪs/
noun
1.
(med) the surgical puncture of the pleural cavity using a hollow needle, in order to withdraw fluid, drain blood, etc Also called pleurocentesis
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thoracentesis in Medicine

thoracentesis tho·ra·cen·te·sis (thôr'ə-sěn-tē'sĭs)
n.
Paracentesis of the pleural cavity. Also called pleurocentesis, thoracocentesis.

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