Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The operation of puncturing the chest, as in hydrothorax or empyema, and withdrawing the contained fluid; paracentesis thoracis.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Surg.) The operation of puncturing the chest wall so as to let out liquids contained in the cavity of the chest.
- n. removal of fluid from the chest by centesis for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes
“Fluid drainage (paracentesis/thoracentesis) with or without catheter placement”
“What risks are associated with paracentesis or thoracentesis?”
“The procedure for removing fluid from the chest is called thoracentesis.”
“Houston Lung Heart Hospital Visit On Wednesday Aug. 29, 2007 I as given a thoracentesis by the Cardiopulmonary Center for an excessive fluid build up in my left lung.”
“Then my right lung was drawn down with another thoracentesis.”
“If fluid is removed from the chest, this is called thoracentesis.”
“While similarity in use of pain medication, antipyretics and antimicrobial use was observed, a wide variation in number of chest radiographs and invasive procedures (thoracentesis, placement of chest tubes) was observed between centers.”
“a thoracentesis by the Cardiopulmonary Center for an excessive fluid build up in my left lung.”
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