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Pronunciation: fren'i-kot'o-me

Definition: Section of the phrenic nerve in order to induce unilateral paralysis of the diaphragm, which is then pushed up by the abdominal viscera and exerts compression upon a diseased lung.

[phrenico- + G. tome, incision]

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