thoracotomy

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Etymology[edit]

From thoraco- +‎ -tomy.

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thoracotomy (plural thoracotomies)

  1. (surgery) The surgical procedure of making an incision into the chest, normally as a first step to gain access to the thoracic organs, such as the heart, the lungs, and the esophagus.

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