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thoracotomy

[thawr-uh-kot-uh-mee, thohr-] /ˌθɔr əˈkɒt ə mi, ˌθoʊr-/
noun, plural thoracotomies. Surgery
1.
incision into the chest cavity.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; thoraco- + -tomy
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British Dictionary definitions for thoracotomy

thoracotomy

/ˌθɔːrəˈkɒtəmɪ/
noun (pl) -mies
1.
surgical incision into the chest wall
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Word Origin and History for thoracotomy
n.

1890, from thorax + -ectomy.

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thoracotomy in Medicine

thoracotomy tho·ra·cot·o·my (thôr'ə-kŏt'ə-mē)
n.
Incision into the chest wall. Also called pleurotomy.

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