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

Definition of thoracic

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

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 Board certified in both general and thoracic surgery. CNN, 13 Feb. 2022 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, 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,, 2 Nov. 2019 One possible cause of your symptoms is thoracic outlet syndrome. Dr. Harlan Selesnick, miamiherald, 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, 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 29 Jun. 2022.

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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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Britannica English: Translation of thoracic for Arabic Speakers


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