thoracoplasty

noun

tho·​ra·​co·​plas·​ty ˈthōr-ə-kō-ˌplas-tē, ˈthȯr- How to pronounce thoracoplasty (audio)
plural thoracoplasties
: the surgical operation of removing or resecting one or more ribs so as to obliterate the pleural cavity and collapse a diseased lung

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“Thoracoplasty.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/thoracoplasty. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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