pneumothorax

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

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pneumothorax

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

medical Definition of pneumothorax

plural pneumothoraxes or pneumothoraces play \-ˈthōr-ə-ˌsēz\
: 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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