from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The operation of puncturing the chest, as in hydrothorax or empyema, and withdrawing the contained fluid; paracentesis thoracis.

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

  • noun (Surg.) The operation of puncturing the chest wall so as to let out liquids contained in the cavity of the chest.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun surgery A medical procedure involving needle drainage of air or fluid from the pleural space.

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

  • noun removal of fluid from the chest by centesis for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes


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