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costectomy

[ko-stek-tuh-mee, kaw-]
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noun, plural cos·tec·to·mies. Surgery.
  1. excision of part or all of a rib.

Origin of costectomy

Also called thoracectomy.
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thoracectomy in Medicine

thoracectomy

(thôr′ə-sĕktə-mē)
n.
  1. Surgical resection of a portion of a rib.

costectomy

(kŏ-stĕktə-mē)
n.
  1. Excision of a rib.
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