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[thaw-ras-ik, thoh-] /θɔˈræs ɪk, θoʊ-/
of or relating to the thorax.
Also, thoracal
[thawr-uh-kuh l, thohr-] /ˈθɔr ə kəl, ˈθoʊr-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of thoracic
1650-60; < Medieval Latin thōrācicus < Greek thōrākikós. See thorac-, -ic
Related forms
nonthoracic, adjective
postthoracic, adjective
prethoracic, adjective
subthoracal, adjective
subthoracic, adjective
transthoracic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for thoracic
  • The thoracic aorta was almost three times larger than it should have been, and there was a half-inch hole in it.
  • When insects first evolved, they could produce wings from all three of their thoracic segments.
  • The thoracic aorta is contained in the posterior mediastinal cavity.
  • The thoracic curve, concave forward, begins at the middle of the second and ends at the middle of the twelfth thoracic vertebra.
  • They end in the thoracic and right lymphatic trunks.
  • In such cases all the thoracic and abdominal viscera are transposed.
  • The thoracic cavity is separated from the abdominal cavity by the diaphragm.
British Dictionary definitions for thoracic


of, near, or relating to the thorax
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Word Origin and History for thoracic

1650s, from Medieval Latin thoracicus, from Greek thorakikos, from thorax (see thorax).

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thoracic in Medicine

thoracic tho·rac·ic (thə-rās'ĭk)
Of, relating to, or situated in or near the thorax.

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thoracic in Science
Relating to or located in or near the thorax.
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