dead space


An actual or potential cavity remaining after the closure of an incision and not obliterated by operative technique.
Anatomical dead space.
Physiological dead space.

Nearby words

  1. dermal,
  2. dermal denticle,
  3. dermal graft,
  4. dermal papilla,
  5. dermal sinus,
  6. dermat-,
  7. dermatan sulfate,
  8. dermatherm,
  9. dermatic,
  10. dermatitis

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