thoracostomy

[thawr-uh-kos-tuh-mee, thohr-]
noun, plural thoracostomies. Surgery.
1.
the construction of an artificial opening through the chest wall, usually for the drainage of fluid or the release of an abnormal accumulation of air.
2.
the opening so constructed.

Origin:
thoraco- + -stomy

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thoracostomy tho·ra·cos·to·my (thôr'ə-kŏs'tə-mē)
n.
The surgical formation of an opening into the chest cavity.

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Thoracostomy tubes are routinely used to drain the pleural space of fluid and gas to optimize pulmonary mechanics.
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