pneumothorax

noun
pneu·​mo·​tho·​rax | \ ˌnü-mə-ˈthȯr-ˌaks How to pronounce pneumothorax (audio) , ˌnyü- \

Definition of pneumothorax

: 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

Examples of pneumothorax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web South Korean actor Jang Dong-gun, best known for his roles in Friend (2001) and Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War (2004), skipped service after he was diagnosed with pneumothorax, a rare condition in which sufferers’ lungs collapse. Danny Kim, Billboard, "BTS Denied Military Service Exemption in South Korea, Fans Push For Group Conscription," 20 Sep. 2019 Two valve patients who went right home died of pneumothorax, and a third who suffered it in the hospital died 13 days after getting the valves. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Temple-led study of lung-shrinking valves offers new hope for advanced emphysema," 22 May 2018 Any time a person inserts a needle into a patient, there’s a risk ranging from an infection to a pneumothorax, or collapsed lung. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "A needlesome problem: Who should be able to perform acupuncture-like technique?," 14 Mar. 2018 If any part of the lung lining is punctured, that could result in pneumothorax (collapsed lung). Profootballdoc, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Jay Gruden's quick call on Josh Norman portends more than rib fracture," 2 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of pneumothorax

1821, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pneumothorax

New Latin

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“Pneumothorax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pneumothorax. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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pneumothorax

noun
pneu·​mo·​tho·​rax | \ ˌn(y)ü-mə-ˈthō(ə)r-ˌaks, -ˈthȯ(ə)r- How to pronounce pneumothorax (audio) \
plural pneumothoraxes or pneumothoraces\ -​ˈthōr-​ə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce pneumothoraces (audio) \

Medical Definition of pneumothorax

: 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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