costectomy

[ ko-stek-tuh-mee, kaw- ]
/ kɒˈstɛk tə mi, kɔ- /

noun, plural cos·tec·to·mies. Surgery.

excision of part or all of a rib.

Origin of costectomy

Also called thoracectomy.
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Medicine definitions for thoracectomy (1 of 2)

thoracectomy

[ thôr′ə-sĕktə-mē ]

n.

Surgical resection of a portion of a rib.

Medicine definitions for thoracectomy (2 of 2)

costectomy

[ kŏ-stĕktə-mē ]

n.

Excision of a rib.
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