[noo-muh-thawr-aks, -thohr-, nyoo-]
- the presence of air or gas in the pleural cavity.
Origin of pneumothorax
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- the abnormal presence of air between the lung and the wall of the chest (pleural cavity), resulting in collapse of the lung
- med the introduction of air into the pleural cavity to collapse the lung: a former treatment for tuberculosis
Word Origin and History for pneumothoraces
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Accumulation of air or gas in the pleural cavity, occurring as a result of disease or injury or as a treatment of tuberculosis and other lung diseases.
- Accumulation of a gas, such as air, in the space between the pleurae of the lungs and the pleurae lining the chest wall (called the pleural cavity), occurring as a result of disease or injury or induced to collapse the lung in the treatment of tuberculosis and other lung diseases. A large pneumothorax is treated by inserting a syringe or a tube into the pleural cavity to aspirate air, which helps the collapsed lung to expand.