tension pneumothorax

noun

Medical Definition of tension pneumothorax

: pneumothorax resulting from a wound in the chest wall which acts as a valve that permits air to enter the pleural cavity but prevents its escape

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“Tension pneumothorax.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/tension%20pneumothorax. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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