thoracentesis


thoracentesis

noun, plural tho·ra·cen·te·ses [thawr-uh-sen-tee-seez, thohr-] /ˌθɔr ə sɛnˈti siz, ˌθoʊr-/.

  1. insertion of a hollow needle or similar instrument into the pleural cavity of the chest in order to drain pleural fluid.

noun

  1. med the surgical puncture of the pleural cavity using a hollow needle, in order to withdraw fluid, drain blood, etcAlso called: pleurocentesis

n.

  1. Paracentesis of the pleural cavity.pleurocentesis thoracocentesis

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