An operation to open the chest.

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  • Thoracotomy — Intervention ICD 9 CM 34.02 MeSH …   Wikipedia

  • Thoracotomy — Tho ra*cot o*my, n. [Gr. ?, ?, thorax + ? to cut.] (Surg.) The operation of opening the pleural cavity by incision. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thoracotomy — (n.) 1890, from THORAX (Cf. thorax) + ECTOMY (Cf. ectomy) …   Etymology dictionary

  • thoracotomy — [thôr΄ə kät′ə mē] n. pl. thoracotomies [ THORACO + TOMY] surgical incision into the thorax …   English World dictionary

  • thoracotomy — noun (plural mies) Etymology: Latin thorac , thorax + International Scientific Vocabulary tomy Date: circa 1857 surgical incision of the chest wall …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • thoracotomy — /thawr euh kot euh mee, thohr /, n., pl. thoracotomies. Surg. incision into the chest cavity. [1855 60; THORACO + TOMY] * * * …   Universalium

  • thoracotomy — noun The surgical procedure of making an incision into the chest, normally as a first step to gain access to the thoracic organs, such as the heart, the lungs, and the esophagus …   Wiktionary

  • thoracotomy — Incision through the chest wall into the pleural space. SYN: pleurotomy. [thoraco + G. tome, incision] anterior t. anterior incision into the chest, usually submammary …   Medical dictionary

  • thoracotomy — n. incision into the chest (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • thoracotomy — tho·ra·cot·o·my …   English syllables

  • thoracotomy — n. surgical opening of the chest cavity to inspect or operate on the heart, lungs, or other structures within …   The new mediacal dictionary

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