Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Accumulation of air or gas in the pleural cavity, occurring as a result of disease or injury, or sometimes induced to collapse the lung in the treatment of tuberculosis and other lung diseases.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The presence of air in the pleural cavity. Also pneumatothorax.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) A condition in which air or other gas is present in the cavity of the chest; -- called also pneumatothorax.

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  • noun medicine Presence of air inside the pleural cavity, usually caused by injury either to the lung or the chest wall.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun abnormal presence of air in the pleural cavity resulting in the collapse of the lung; may be spontaneous (due to injury to the chest) or induced (as a treatment for tuberculosis)

Etymologies

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pneumo- +‎ thorax

Examples

  • This condition is known as pneumothorax and may result in collapse of the lung.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

  • The team said the condition, known as pneumothorax, wasn't unusual for an injury such as the one Romo sustained against the 49ers.

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  • The most common cause of death was a condition called pneumothorax, where air finds its way between the membranes that separate the lungs from the chest wall and causes the lungs to collapse.

    The Guardian World News

  • The most common cause of death was a condition called pneumothorax, where air finds its way between the membranes that separate the lungs from the chest wall and causes the lungs to collapse.

    The Guardian World News

  • Another method, called pneumothorax which had no serious after-effects, consisted of injecting air into the pleural cavity to collapse the lung.

    Columnist: Stephen Miller

  • While convalescing, Bethune found out about a radical new treatment for TBtuberculosis called pneumothorax which involved artificially collapsing the tubercular (diseased) lung, thus allowing it to rest and heal itself.

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  • While convalescing, Bethune found out about a radical new treatment for TBtuberculosis called pneumothorax which involved artificially collapsing the tubercular (diseased) lung, thus allowing it to rest and heal itself.

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  • Alors elle souffle et se dit soulager car en fait j'aurai pu faire un "pneumothorax" (de l'air qui s'infiltre entre la plevre et le poumon) vu que ca fait la meme chose!

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  • Would I be allowed to undergo SEAL or Force Recon training after a pneumothorax? about 3 years ago i had a spontaneous pneumothorax. i was disqualified from enlistment in the military until next year (2010).

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  • Depending on what caused your pneumothorax and how likely it is to recur.

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