costectomy

[ko-stek-tuh-mee, kaw-]

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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thoracectomy in Medicine

thoracectomy

[thôr′ə-sĕktə-mē]

n.

Surgical resection of a portion of a rib.

costectomy

[kŏ-stĕktə-mē]

n.

Excision of a rib.
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