Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. 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

pneumo- +‎ thorax (Wiktionary)

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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    nst online

  • 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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  • Following aspiration, deterioration of the patient may occur over the first 24-72 hours, with resolution of symptoms in three to six days. 3,5 The course may be prolonged with mineral seal oil exposure. 2 Reported complications of hydrocarbon aspiration include pneumatoceles, pleural effusion or pneumothorax.

    Hydrocarbon Ingestion

  • Smaller thoracic lesions can cause respiratory distress in the newborn period, and the smallest masses may be asymptomatic until later in childhood when infection, pneumothorax or malignant degeneration may occur.

    Bronchopulmonary sequestration and Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid

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