thoracic

adjective

tho·​rac·​ic thə-ˈra-sik How to pronounce thoracic (audio)
: of, relating to, located within, or involving the thorax
thoracically adverb

Examples of thoracic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His thoracic vertebrae were broken on the left side of his spine in the wreck. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2024 Additional Pacers on questionable status are Andrew Nembhard (thoracic spine sprain), two-way players Oscar Tshiebwe, Isaiah Wong, and Kendall Brown (G League). Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 22 Jan. 2024 However, point guard Andrew Nembhard will be available after missing the last two games with a thoracic spine sprain. Dustin Dopirak, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Jan. 2024 Women have been historically underrepresented in surgery in the U.S. — sometimes making up less than 10% in certain specialities like orthopedic and thoracic surgery. Deborah Balthazar, STAT, 30 Aug. 2023 Khan specializes in thoracic cancers, like lung cancer, which is one of the most prevalent cancers in Rhode Island. Alexa Gagosz, BostonGlobe.com, 28 July 2023 Many health care systems lack support personnel and processes to quickly deliver test results and direct care as a result of them, said Dr. Marie Suga, a thoracic medical oncologist and chair of Kaiser Permanente's National Lung Cancer Program. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 6 June 2023 Meanwhile, Lampa offers the world's greatest stretch as an example of a movement that incorporates a thoracic spine twist (and adds that the rotational element gives you more bang for your buck). Erin Warwood, Women's Health, 12 Apr. 2023 The thoracic surgery team at Northwestern Medicine. Kaitlin Sullivan, NBC News, 15 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1658, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thoracic was circa 1658

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Cite this Entry

“Thoracic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thoracic. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

thoracic

adjective
tho·​rac·​ic thə-ˈras-ik How to pronounce thoracic (audio)
: of, relating to, located in, or involving the thorax
the thoracic cavity

Medical Definition

thoracic

adjective
tho·​rac·​ic thə-ˈras-ik How to pronounce thoracic (audio)
: of, relating to, located within, or involving the thorax
thoracic trauma
thoracic surgery
thoracically adverb

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