- insertion of a hollow needle or similar instrument into the pleural cavity of the chest in order to drain pleural fluid.
Origin of thoracentesis
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- med the surgical puncture of the pleural cavity using a hollow needle, in order to withdraw fluid, drain blood, etcAlso called: pleurocentesis
- Paracentesis of the pleural cavity.pleurocentesis thoracocentesis
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