[thaw-ras-ik, thoh-]
Also tho·ra·cal [thawr-uh-kuh l, thohr-] /ˈθɔr ə kəl, ˈθoʊr-/.

Origin of thoracic

1650–60; < Medieval Latin thōrācicus < Greek thōrākikós. See thorac-, -ic
Related formsnon·tho·rac·ic, adjectivepost·tho·rac·ic, adjectivepre·tho·rac·ic, adjectivesub·tho·ra·cal, adjectivesub·tho·rac·ic, adjectivetrans·tho·rac·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for thoracic


  1. of, near, or relating to the thorax
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Word Origin and History for thoracic

1650s, from Medieval Latin thoracicus, from Greek thorakikos, from thorax (see thorax).

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thoracic in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or situated in or near the thorax.
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thoracic in Science


  1. Relating to or located in or near the thorax.
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