What do a.m. and p.m. stand for?


[thawr-uh-koh-plas-tee, thohr-] /ˈθɔr ə koʊˌplæs ti, ˈθoʊr-/
noun, plural thoracoplasties. Surgery
the operation removing selected portions of the ribs to collapse part of the underlying lung or an abnormal pleural space, usually in the treatment of tuberculosis.
Origin of thoracoplasty
1885-90; thoraco- + -plasty Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for thoracoplasty
  • Following thoracoplasty the rating will be for removal of ribs combined with the rating for collapsed lung.
British Dictionary definitions for thoracoplasty


noun (pl) -ties
plastic surgery of the thorax
surgical removal of several ribs or a part of them to permit the collapse of a diseased lung, used in cases of pulmonary tuberculosis and bronchiectasis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
thoracoplasty in Medicine

thoracoplasty tho·ra·co·plas·ty (thôr'ə-kō-plās'tē)

  1. Reparative or plastic surgery performed on the thorax.

  2. Conventional thoracoplasty.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for thoracoplasty

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for thoracoplasty

Scrabble Words With Friends