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barrel chest

 

Definition: a chest permanently resembling the shape of a barrel, with increased anteroposterior diameter, roughly equaling the lateral diameter; usually with some degree of kyphosis; may be seen in cases of emphysema.

Synonym(s): barrel-shaped thorax

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