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cardiolysis

Pronunciation: kar′dē-ol′i-sis

Definition: An obsolete operation for breaking up the adhesions in chronic mediastinopericarditis; access is gained by resection of a portion of the sternum and the corresponding costal cartilages.

[cardio- + G. lysis, loosening]

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