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thoracotomy

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noun, tho·ra·cot·o·my \ˌthȯr-ə-ˈkä-tə-mē\

Definition of thoracotomy

plural thoracotomies

  1. :  surgical incision of the chest wall



Origin of thoracotomy

Latin thorac-, thorax + International Scientific Vocabulary -tomy


First Known Use: circa 1857


Medical Dictionary

thoracotomy

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noun tho·ra·cot·o·my \ˌthōr-ə-ˈkät-ə-mē, ˌthȯr-\

Medical Definition of thoracotomy

plural thoracotomies

  1. :  surgical incision of the chest wall




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  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "thoracotomy"


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