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thoracentesis

[ thawr-uh-sen-tee-sis, thohr- ]
/ ˌθɔr ə sɛnˈti sɪs, ˌθoʊr- /
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noun, plural tho·ra·cen·te·ses [thawr-uh-sen-tee-seez, thohr-]. /ˌθɔr ə sɛnˈti siz, ˌθoʊr-/.
insertion of a hollow needle or similar instrument into the pleural cavity of the chest in order to drain pleural fluid.
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Origin of thoracentesis

First recorded in 1855–60; thora(c)- + centesis
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British Dictionary definitions for thoracentesis

thoracentesis

thoracocentesis (ˌθɔːrəkəʊsɛnˈtiːsɪs)

/ (ˌθɔːrəsɛnˈtiːsɪs) /

noun
med the surgical puncture of the pleural cavity using a hollow needle, in order to withdraw fluid, drain blood, etcAlso called: pleurocentesis
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Medical definitions for thoracentesis

thoracentesis
[ thôr′ə-sĕn-tēsĭs ]

n.
Paracentesis of the pleural cavity.pleurocentesis thoracocentesis
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