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thoracentesis

[ thawr-uh-sen-tee-sis, thohr- ]

noun

, plural tho·ra·cen·te·ses [thawr-, uh, -sen-, tee, -seez, thohr-].
  1. insertion of a hollow needle or similar instrument into the pleural cavity of the chest in order to drain pleural fluid.


thoracentesis

/ ˌθɔːrəkəʊsɛnˈtiːsɪs; ˌθɔːrəsɛnˈtiːsɪs /

noun

  1. med the surgical puncture of the pleural cavity using a hollow needle, in order to withdraw fluid, drain blood, etc Also calledpleurocentesis


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Word History and Origins

Origin of thoracentesis1

First recorded in 1855–60; thora(c)- + centesis

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