from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Surgical removal of part of the ribs to cause the collapse of a diseased lung.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Surgery of the chest, usually involving removal of ribs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A remodeling or reshaping of the thorax; especially, the operation of removing the ribs, so as to obliterate the pleural cavity in cases of empyema.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Removal of a section of one or more ribs for the cure of a fistula of the chest-wall following empyema.
Latin thōrāx, thōrāc-, thorax; see thorax + -plasty.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From thorax + -plasty (Wiktionary)