tho·​rac·​ic | \ thə-ˈra-sik How to pronounce thoracic (audio) \

Definition of thoracic

: of, relating to, located within, or involving the thorax

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Other Words from thoracic

thoracically \ thə-​ˈra-​si-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce thoracic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of thoracic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cody Lawrence, 27, of Fort Myers, Florida, needs major thoracic surgery to fix a birth defect that has left him in too much pain to work recently. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "What It Really Means to Cancel Elective Surgeries," 17 Mar. 2020 Corcoran was diagnosed 11 years ago with thoracic outlet syndrome, which occurs when the blood vessels or nerves between a person’s collarbone and rib cage are compressed. Stephen Ruiz,, "Just like Magic’s Markelle Fultz, Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon runner Beth Corcoran battles thoracic outlet syndrome," 2 Nov. 2019 One possible cause of your symptoms is thoracic outlet syndrome. Dr. Harlan Selesnick, miamiherald, "Post-workout pain and numbness not normal. It's time to see your doctor.," 3 June 2018 It was later found to be thoracic outlet syndrome, in which blood vessels near the collarbone constrict. Marc Tracy, New York Times, "For Nassar Accusers From Michigan State Teams, Feelings of a Trust Betrayed," 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of thoracic

circa 1658, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thoracic was circa 1658

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“Thoracic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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tho·​rac·​ic | \ thə-ˈras-ik How to pronounce thoracic (audio) \

Medical Definition of thoracic

: of, relating to, located within, or involving the thorax thoracic trauma thoracic surgery

Other Words from thoracic

thoracically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce thoracic (audio) \ adverb

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