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pneumothorax

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noun pneu·mo·tho·rax \ˌnü-mə-ˈthȯr-ˌaks, ˌnyü-\

Definition of pneumothorax

  1. :  a condition in which air or other gas is present in the pleural cavity and which occurs spontaneously as a result of disease or injury of lung tissue, rupture of air-filled pulmonary cysts, or puncture of the chest wall or is induced as a therapeutic measure to collapse the lung



Origin of pneumothorax

New Latin


First Known Use: 1821


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pneumothorax

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noun pneu·mo·tho·rax \ˌn(y)ü-mə-ˈthō(ə)r-ˌaks, -ˈthȯ(ə)r-\

Medical Definition of pneumothorax

plural pneu·mo·tho·rax·es or pneu·mo·tho·ra·ces \-ˈthōr-ə-ˌsēz\play

  1. :  a condition in which air or other gas is present in the pleural cavity and which occurs spontaneously as a result of disease or injury of lung tissue, rupture of air-filled pulmonary cysts, or puncture of the chest wall or is induced as a therapeutic measure to collapse the lung—see tension pneumothorax; compare oleothorax




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