Definitions

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.

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

  • noun surgery Surgery of the chest, usually involving removal of ribs.

Etymologies

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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