pneumothorax

noun

pneu·​mo·​tho·​rax ˌnü-mə-ˈthȯr-ˌaks How to pronounce pneumothorax (audio)
ˌnyü-
: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web CJ McCollum is listed as having a right pneumothorax (noo-moe-THOR-aks), which is a collapsed lung. oregonlive, 7 Dec. 2021 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, 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, 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, 14 Mar. 2018 If any part of the lung lining is punctured, that could result in pneumothorax (collapsed lung). Profootballdoc, sandiegouniontribune.com, 2 Oct. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pneumothorax was in 1821

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Cite this Entry

“Pneumothorax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pneumothorax. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

pneumothorax

noun

plural pneumothoraxes or pneumothoraces -ˈthōr-ə-ˌsēz How to pronounce pneumothorax (audio)
: 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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