[thawr-uh-koh-plas-tee, thohr-]
noun, plural tho·ra·co·plas·ties. Surgery.
  1. the operation removing selected portions of the ribs to collapse part of the underlying lung or an abnormal pleural space, usually in the treatment of tuberculosis.

Origin of thoracoplasty

First recorded in 1885–90; thoraco- + -plasty Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for thoracoplasty


noun plural -ties
  1. plastic surgery of the thorax
  2. surgical removal of several ribs or a part of them to permit the collapse of a diseased lung, used in cases of pulmonary tuberculosis and bronchiectasis
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thoracoplasty in Medicine


  1. Reparative or plastic surgery performed on the thorax.
  2. Conventional thoracoplasty.
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