from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Surgical removal of part of the ribs to allow inward retraction of the chest wall and collapse of a diseased lung.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Removal of a section of one or more ribs for the cure of a fistula of the chest-wall following empyema.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Med.) 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.
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- noun surgery Surgery of the
chest, usually involving removal of ribs.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Latin thōrāx, thōrāc-, thorax; see thorax + –plasty.]
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From thorax + -plasty
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