plom·​bage ˌpləm-ˈbäzh How to pronounce plombage (audio)
: the practice of inserting an inert material (as paraffin or plastic spheres) into the thoracic cavity to exert sustained pressure on the lungs and induce their collapse that formerly was used as a treatment for pulmonary tuberculosis

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“Plombage.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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