[ thawr-uh-sen-tee-sis, thohr- ]
/ ˌθɔr ə sɛnˈti sɪs, ˌθoʊr- /

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.

Origin of thoracentesis

First recorded in 1855–60; thora(c)- + centesis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for thoracentesis


thoracocentesis (ˌθɔːrəkəʊsɛnˈtiːsɪs)

/ (ˌθɔːrəsɛnˈtiːsɪs) /


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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Medicine definitions for thoracentesis


[ thôr′ə-sĕn-tēsĭs ]


Paracentesis of the pleural cavity.pleurocentesis thoracocentesis
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